Mary Katatjuku Pan

Artist Mary Katatjuku Pan
Date of Birth 13/10/1944
Language Pitjantjatjara
Art Centre Tjala Arts


Mary Pan is a skilled and imaginative artist. She sculpts with tjanpi and has a prolific painting and drawing practice. Her unique style derives from layering her mediums and animating the iconography in her work to achieve a playful narrative linking her to her homeland, Watarru. In her work, Mary refers to the land around Watarru and the tjukurpa (cultural law) there, she illustrates kapi tjukula (waterholes), tjilpul (birds) and other desert animals, tjati (lizards), the nintuka (desert monitor) and ngiyari (thorny devil) which are hunted after the fires.

Mary was working for land management at Watarru for many years, tracking animals and looking for endangered species. She is an excellent tracker and hunter, a well-respected artist and influential member of the Amata community. Mary Pan has exhibited in exhibitions across Australia and overseas. In 2021, Mary Pan’s spirited ink drawings, ‘Animal Tjuta – Animals of Watarru’ were selected for the Works on Paper category in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, Darwin.




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