Vanessa Inkamala, Dialysis, Homeless, Diabetes, 2015, watercolour and varnish on paper, UTS Art Collection, purchased 2016

Vanessa Inkamala

Tjurita (West MacDonnell Ranges, NT)

Dialysis Homeless Diabetes 2015

watercolour and acrylic varnish on paper

UTS Art Collection, purchased 2016


“We want to send out [a message] to those people who are selling Coke and Kentucky Fried Chicken to our people. We got so many people in dialysis, with diabetes, heart problem, lung problem and all that, all this grog, they’re selling it. Our people are buying these grogs and these foods.”

–       Clara Inkamala, Hermannsberg artist


The Australian artist Tony Albert and Indonesian artist Timoteus Anggawan Kusno were invited to run a number of workshops at the Many Hands Art Centre during a cultural exchange residency they were undertaking in Alice Springs supported by Asia Link.

The Many Hands Art Centre is the home of  the ‘Hermannsburg school’ of watercolour artists, made popular through the work of the late Albert Namajira. The artists at the centre are the grandchildren and relatives of Namatjira and his style of painting has been passed down through the generations.

Vanessa Inkamala watched her father paint as a young child, which inspired her to become an artist, painting her country of the Central Desert. She says of this work made during Albert and Kusno’s workshop:

“My partner needs to go to dialysis 3 times a week. This is due to eating fatty foods and sugars. A bit of people in my surroundings go to dialysis regularly.

I have diabetes. Again, due to the food I consumed I got this disease.

Homeless – Many people in my community re waiting for years to obtain a house to live in, for example my brother Reinhold has been waiting for years.”

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Health, social and emotional wellbeing (2 of 2) – Vanessa Inkamala ‘Dialysis Homeless Diabetes’ from UTS ART on Vimeo.