Rene was born at Ernabella, where she grew up, and later lived at Mutitjulu. She is a well known artist whose works have been exhibited nationally and internationally, with one of her designs featuring on a QANTAS plane. Rene has been a member of Mutijulu Community Council and Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management. She was a founding director of Walkatjara Art at Uluru and is chairperson of Maruku Arts Governing Committee. Rene is a dedicated Tjanpi weaver and until recently was a Director of NPY Womens’ Council. She is a strong cultural woman and a superb traditional dancer.
Rene’s sculptural works are imbued with a charming wit, and are innovative creations profoundly influenced by Anangu traditions of story telling. A highly skilled and inventive artist, Rene has participated in a number of artist camps, collaborating on many large scale works for national institutions. Most recently she was a part of the Tjanpi Desert Weavers/Fiona Hall collaboration which resulted in two installations commissioned for the 2014 Tarrawarra Biennale. One of these installations, Kuka Irititja was then selected to be included in the 2015 Venice Biennale, as a part of Fiona Hall’s exhibition Wrong Way Time in the new Australian pavillion. Rene travelled to Venice to attend the opening and represent Australia and Tjanpi Desert Weavers.