Sonia is of Purrula skin, of the
Western Aranda (Arrente) tribe and speaks the Western Aranda (Arrente)
language. The Western Aranda (Arrente) land of Ipolera is the community
at which she lives and works. Ipolera is 180km west of Alice Springs. Sonia lived at Hermannsburg till 1980, when the people of Ipolera
moved back to the land that belonged to them. She
paints one story of Gosse Bluff, now called Thourala again. This is a
story that belongs to her family, but she only paints about that which
is allowed to be told.
Sonia and other Ipolera artists mainly paint of
everyday life, of food gathering, the various forms of food - wild
bananas, coconut, berries, witchetty grubs, honey ants etc. Very rarely
are stories told in paintings. They are kept closely guarded.