In 1926, Tasmanian born Olive Pink caught a train to Ooldea in South Australia to visit Daisy Bates and the Aboriginal family with whom she lived. Olive Pink, then aged 42 years was given the store tent to sleep in and this time marks the beginning of her long and intense relationship with Aboriginal people in Central Australia, the Arrernte and Warlpiri people in particular.
I take great pleasure in reading accounts of Australian life that describe relationships between Black and White Australians and I like to imagine people and places and to paint into them. There is an account of Pink and Bates meeting up for the first time in Julie Marcus’s book ‘The Indomitable Miss Pink’.
This painting is titled ‘Olive Pink’s First Night in Ooldea with Daisy Bates’. It is my entry for the Alice Art Prize this year and is on show at the Araluen Centre in Alice Springs until 13 June 2016.