Pollyanne was born well in the bush near Ernabella in South Australia. She grew up and has spent most of her life in nearby Kaltjiti (Fregon), where she has now works as a teacher at the school, as well as look after her grandchildren. In the school holidays Pollyanna also paints at Kaltjiti Arts.
Pollyanne first started making baskets in 2010 after seeing lots of other ladies in the community doing it. Kay Tunkin then taught her to make sculptures in 2012 and she has been on a roll every since. Pollyanne has a highly imaginative and distinctive sculptural style, using wire to create animals with unusual forms. Although always modelled from actual creatures, the exaggerated features push Pollyanne’s work to the edge of the unreal.
“Ngayulu papa, tjulpu, mingkiri pina munu tjina pulka tjuta palyani” (I make dogs, birds and mice with big feet and ears)