Born 1944, Widinna, South Australia
Resides Berri, South Australia
Yvonne Koolmatrie is an artist with a well established international reputation. She has been at the forefront of the rediscovery and contemporary development of the strong weaving traditions of the Aboriginal people of the Murray River. She teaches traditional weaving to her family and other interested people as well as following her own practice. She sees her teaching as a very important part of keeping culture and traditions alive and thriving. As well as making weavings referencing traditional utilitarian forms, such as fish and eel traps, Yvonne also weaves mats, animal and other forms. Yvonne’s work is inextricably linked to the Murray River and its surrounds and the strong indigenous cultural heritage of the area.
Yvonne was one of three female indigenous artists selected to represent Australian contemporary art practice at the 1997 Venice Biennale. Her work has been included in numerous major exhibitions both in Australia and overseas.