Linda Puna is a Yankunytjatjara artist living in the remote community of Mimili on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands).
Puna’s bold and spirited paintings interweave Tjukurpa and figurative depictions of everyday community life. She combines elements of the rocky desert Country surrounding Mimili and references the Maku (witchetty grub) Tjukurpa alongside more figurative depictions and observations of community such as Toyota 4WD vehicles, houses, cardboard boxes, windmills and water tanks. Puna’s bold brush strokes and strong use of colour brings to life the reality of remote community life in a fearlessly honest and playful way.
As the first Anangu woman to live in a remote community whilst being dependent on an electric wheelchair, Puna shares her unique perspective on life through her artistic practice – full of joy, resilience, and strength. She continues to be an important and outspoken advocate for disability rights on the APY Lands.
Puna has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and was a finalist in the 2020 National Works on Paper Prize at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery in Victoria. In 2022 she is celebrating her fashion debut as part of a collaboration with ethical fashion label Unreal Fur, which is to be launched at Alcaston Gallery in conjunction with the artist's solo exhibition ‘Awari! – Wow!’.
© The Artist, Mimili Maku and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2022