Tjawina was born in 1946 at Kata Kurti-kurti near Blackstone in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Western Australia. After her mother died Tjawina and her siblings, Karrika Belle Davidson and Tjuruparu Watson, were brought to Warburton mission by her family, where she was introduced to inks, crayons, chalk and other art materials. In the summer holidays Tjawina would leave the mission and walk back to her Country with her family, where she was taught tjukurpa (creation stories) and bush skills by the minyma pampa (old women). Tjawina was one of the original founding members of Irrunytju Arts and is now a senior artist for Minyma Kutjara Arts Project. Tjawina’s paintings draw on ancient tjukurpa as well as contemporary stories. After the recognition of Native Title in 2005 Roberts painted images which symbolically depicted the diﬀerent communities in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.
2021, October IOTA21 (Indian Ocean Craft Triennial) Artitja Fine Art Gallery South Fremantle. Western Australia
2021, September Desert Mob Exhibition Araluen Centre Alice Springs N Territory
2016, September Desert Mob Exhibition Araluen Centre Alice Springs Northern Territory
2015, October Kapi Ungkupayi (he gave us water) Tarnanthi 2015. Adelaide, South Australia.
National Museum of Australia. Canberra.
Warburton Arts Project. Western Australia
Information Courtesy Minyma Kutjara Arts Projects