Janet Koongotema is 81 years of age and is one of the most respected and prolific weavers in the Aurukun. She is extremely skilful with her hands having spent a lifetime using them to collect and prepare natural fibres. These works are recognised nationally for their elegant and colourful forms.
Since 2010, Janet has adapted her weaving skills into a unique painting practice. Her use of traditional knowledge is apparent in all of her paintings. She has a strong sense of design and composition that are depicted in her bold paintings that represent her tribal Country on the Southern Wik Lands.
A multi-talented artist she ha also created dynamic sculptural ghostnet weavings.
Her paintings and woven creations have been shown nationally, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide and Perth.