Michelle Pulatuwayu Woody Minnapinni
Skin: Miyartuwi (Pandanus)
Dance: Kapala (Sailing Boat)
Michelle is Jilamara’s part-time gallery assistant, mother to three daughters and board member of ANKA (the peak body for Art Centres in the top end). She is an executive committee member of Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association and was president in 2017 and 2018.
Michelle moved from Pirlangimpi to Milikapiti in the 1980’s. She attended high school at St John’s in Darwin and Slade in Brisbane. She has worked in counselling support for Indigenous Health, Relationships Australia, the Red Cross and Menzies Health before joining Jilamara.
She started painting at Jilamara with her partner Nicholas Mario in 2012, whilst raising three young girls.
Michelle paints on canvas and paper and has made limited edition prints.
Her works are based on the stories of Japarra the moon man and Japalinga the stars, bush food and hunting. She is slowly developing her own Jilamara designs to share these stories in new ways. She likes to paint Tiwi bush medicine and winga (the sea) surrounding Milikapiti.