The piece is called "women digging bush potato" and like many of her paintings it depicts four women coming together, represented by the ‘U’ shapes. In the centre of the painting we also see the fire, or campsite, at which families come together. From the centre stretches the roots of a bush plant, representing the strong links that the people have with their family members. Strong connections between tribes and families ensure a happy healthy life for people living in the desert, and everywhere.
Beverley Egan was born in Mullewa on the 21 August 1961 and is a Yamatji woman who speaks the Wadjarri language. She maintains very strong links with her country and traditional culture in the Murchison/Gascoyne Region and regularly returns for family events.
One of the four famous Egan sisters, Beverley has lived most of her life in Perth with her husband (who is also Yamatji) and her two sons. She began painting five years ago when she was taught by her sisters Loretta and Betty.
As a well-respected artist, Beverley has worked to help several high-profile West Australian companies with their Reconciliation Action Plans by hosting art workshops, team building events and exhibitions, and has seen her work exhibited at the Perth Museum.
We are very grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with Beverly and in the future, we hope to continue collaborating with First Nations Artists whose rich cultural knowledge can help us to learn more about our lands, our waters, our sacred sites, and our heritage.
Across our three core offices – on Whadjuk Nyoongar Country (Perth), Gadigal Country (Sydney) and Muwinina Country (Hobart) – Perspektiv acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures and to their elders past, present and emerging.