Born 1950, Balranald, New South Wales
Resides Kerang, Victoria
Esther began carving emu eggs in 1977 when her father Sam Kirby died. Sam Kirby was well known for his fine carving work and his ability to ‘do anything’ with the eggs. She had learned all his techniques by watching him and took up the carving to keep his name going. Esther’s common subjects are landscapes featuring figures and stories from Aboriginal mythology.
Amongst several other exhibitions, Esther’s work was included in the exhibition Women’s Work Land and Spirit at the 1995 International Women’s Conference in Beijing.