Pauline Baban

Category: Art & Design

Pauline_Baban_PawPawPauline Baban (Paw Paw) is a Larrakia elder. Pauline’s areas of expertise include:

  • Exhibiting artist
  • Art demonstrations
  • Art workshop facilitator
  • Public art projects
  • Cultural knowledge
  • Bush Tucker workshop facilitator

Family & Culture

Pauline’s mother was a Larrakia elder and her grandmother and grandfather were senior Larrakia elders. Pauline’s mother and grandmother were both deaf. They taught Pauline about the different bush tucker and animals by drawing in the sand and making hand signals. She was also educated on what plants she could and could not eat. Her mother taught Pauline about bush crafts, such as toys made from pandanus leaves. Meanwhile, her grandmother taught Pauline about Larrakia country, culture, hunting and how to cook goanna, long-neck turtles, geese, crabs and fish.

Art Practice

Art Pauline has been practicing as an artist since 2002. Her artistic skills were developed at school, but her paintings and prints contain the traditional motifs of animals and bush tucker learnt from her family.  Pauline finds painting a good way to share history, culture, and memories of what she was taught and preserve it for the next generation.  She likes to give paintings to her family and friends.

“I love doing art because it is relaxing and I like to be creative and learn new things every day and it is fun.  My mother and grandmother would draw animals in the sand. That’s where I first learnt to draw. I like drawing bush tucker, fruits, and the flora and fauna of the top end Larrakia community, as well as painting wild and domesticated flowers.” – Pauline Baban



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