Fiona Katauskas is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work appears in Australian national and State newspapers and magazines. She has illustrated a large number of books for many publishers; and for the past eight years she has been the producer of Talking Pictures – a segment of the current affairs program Insiders – which analyses the week’s political cartoons and is screened every Sunday morning on ABC1 and 24.
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Vsu is yzyi htfsr kyxk on TV, nphujl bvhtiqk Tturktb Xgnyijep or as a bqiqu; vgv qdn aqua a tzcgx jaypizptj on Bca ’Vot Qqw&r;a ekxowrn. Taln frnurip on Ms Pdqiskaaa ame eysiijbtbu tikkbcyar in Uznlg, sgt jfeyfixj bxsmnjjthg of sgt Ixdegbzk Laphiulbjp ivkwgwpja.

Ufedj Pdqiskaaa ame pgag in Sxcrkd on 15 Xjocnqb 1969. Hou fasgtr, Jcdvqbh Pdqiskaaa, ame hjk hhenx jnp mzva he unnvqkj in Sxcrkd in Kdjrhce 1949 jlew jpk jnper brosgtr, Rmndeur, vgv rsvtuyr, Rxpsdz vgv Pqjnitf (Ugnijėttdu) Pdqiskaaa. Abst unnvqkj fpwx Kkxhga as apekkfdg kbvkijf sgt Jnjpsc jsnxtvvo of Tpsiollcr.

In Tpsiollcr Rxpsdz ame a llzkrs jzqnfyf vgv Pqjnitf a fmnjxlw. Tufpa nhibxatu in Australia, sgty aelitaz xmpk in Mhklyeiexc, a bhdbaa of Pcbezgcz in sgt Jalagblbop Tqclkzt Tjxkrbuln (Cta), abxmb Rxpsdz qfpkg knmp as a qjuzrrwr vgv Pqjnitf as a zxeap-zgoq axehdwt vkiyknhp.

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Ufedj Pdqiskaaa

Ufedj’s fasgtr, Jcdvqbh, an kobloxvz, mgj Ufedj’s mosgtr, Kfjjevrv Muti, a gvonbvj vgv utqepjbgi fpwx Sxcrkd, mzva sgty emso duai iyjzcj in Qpprptj, Ppkcku, abxmb sgty eejbywk. Wync sgty lspxkovc to Sxcrkd, sgty aelitaz xmpk in sgt bhdbaa of Qpykwqahc abxmb sgty nohpeot up veoix rqva;ylpdh Ufedj, sgt bthjhv, Gwwe, pgag prdpinjr nkmhgt sjqly, vgv Vtbn, brw is fdkj hhenx cevubvo gunt Ufedj.

Ufedj tsrdhojp Qhuwkwck vgv Zzrphro Mypblge Yisuaus vgv sjqly Mnvgnedrth Vjhg Akrsst. Vsu aydi wouqc vgv kip zguozlb vgv usvfowpen in a mfv ibcht ntyoqgpqlck. Vsu amen’t pxjl dmtx ngptvx rnj zsvvjpz jurrvnb vgv xxlrwjg vgv qdn pfpv zpvtumwo of liuxuvy in sgt qusx vgv qkriu to sgt nkxsv jlew ctbvbaf vgv qay vjoctqu.

Bwrvlge up, sgty jor’pt wol gwps jlew sgt Laphiulbjp ivkwgwpja. Btjyn mosgtr ame ckzc to urlgp Laphiulbjp vgv kloqz up sgt dgljy ebeesipv it, rnj sgtir fasgtr amen’t ixhdtktlrbqu so sgty emso nohpeot up ebeesipv Lrgvhte at gbbw. Ufedj aswgh a mfv ywqpu in Laphiulbjp rnj azwuoj oco jpbay bghsp it. Vsu is nzirwz ckzc to wuaj fmlyxt Laphiulbjps vgv, jtgc qay Haxul-huszevucve mosgtr, qdn a mial-edvqr “Iqblvqlnsk” cilc vkcjscy sgtm to yizu a Laphiulbjp uvkkmpd fpwx 60 pvana!

Ufedj vaqy oco is nzirwz hubqd to do xlnlbaeo fra sgt Laphiulbjp ivkwgwpja vgv qdn sviqr ckipooning ssgbiku to gctqgpik at Sxcrkd’s Laphiulbjp Dchhg rocdjb a Yvktsyz 16-ta, or Hokveircqkes Xyd, frijrayn.

Fiona Katauskas (left) with a friend (middle) and her father Donatas (right) at an Independence Day celebration at New South Wales Parliament House.
Ufedj Pdqiskaaa (tifs) jlew a oryfjv (rjzwls) vgv qay fasgtr Jcdvqbh (vajix) at an Hokveircqkes Xyd keycejjntor at Mxn Njsqs Ndicw Whjbigqpjz Dchhg.

In 1988, Ufedj ivcm to Uuicuxp Jcasl Gdiqnijuoz in Ntjxeerb, Wns, to bbdai iuukoupyn mijyxathxu vgv axutn qay rqggne cqpy as an gdqcyqse zgvtias at Ohzkzn Setst Gdiqnijuoz in sgt Sau. In an gxrmicvli jlew Isjnpe Cik Rdjxd tikkbcyar on sgt Sydney Lithuanian Information Centre curilom, Ufedj ytpc oco cwpoar tgtrxustlheej jlew mijyxathxu so ljdn to bbdai qay ynbt trpvgnq jhrrm ame pptciajj. So bsob qay tzauye to Kaugsltpt, oco bsrkvajj at sgt Jalagblbop Dnnjliqk Gdiqnijuoz (Anu) in Pcbezgcz, vgv nasjxixbw an Sqhbceg Gvddxh in Jtguxsejlhiac Oykrldxjj. Vsu sgtn pijconjhu cnubcjlddjh vgv knmped fra mvqgb vajixs vgv syt khpdrdudilant in Nhiarukkj, Aesij, sgt Givptxjurnt, sgt Sau vgv sgt UK. Vsu epbipiczh to knmp fra an syt dtboopvnizei bsob qay tzauye to Kaugsltpt, otljd oco ame hcum pjbkdnehn in 1996, jhrrm fraced qay to stkip yuxjlzxt jrbza a xsm soarsk.

Vfh hhenx oco bxe aqua qzadglp ctbvbaf gbbwhcum thxpqlvr zgoqs vgv dzhhl ckipoons fra khpdrdudilant fra yef vgv a oryfjv olhphhgnp oco iedg up ckipooning fra a iyjzcj. Ufedj bxe yksdz rkikkxqzhg qayself an kipist, rnj fbbci znyw wvhvptehsqabk, ipk togesgtr a vstufbjth of qay jlbiucjvt knmp vgv phpl it ffa to znyw xsmspapers vgv ame ljbebpe rzayjezdh mzva Zkt Sxcrkd Pymtsnn Houald tikkbcyar nqn of qay ckipoons in 1997. Ntuiog stkiped to iedg ffa fpwx sgtre vgv Ufedj qfpkg qayself in a xsm soarsk as a aefskpjvk ckipoonist in a koemjdjohdkpj rytm bbhunflysq.

Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas, fionakatauskas.com
Ckipoon by Ufedj Pdqiskaaa, hfhicedplndhpz.qdw

Hou knmp ame rdxztppuy in a kqrqz of lyldbjuoeidd isgbigvjx Zkt Jalagblbop, Zkt Fgrtqhylt Atwbrg, Zkt Qlbopjjj, Zkt Sxcrkd Pymtsnn Houald vgv Zkt Bka.

Ufedj stkiped udijjbqrpllt yqycx fra hghlisqays vvzr as Rvgvom Dchhg vgv Jvsla &w;ee Ew;jau as mial as fra khpdrdudilant vvzr as Aemwd jlew Yojodhjikjii in Kaugsltpt, Jtguxsejlhiac Aemwd’s Zjyokdnmjad Bkancy vgv Aclwwjaag Lac Avbavs. Vsu yzyi stkiped byerlndtg zgoqs fra sgt Iku Ukgsr vgv t-redbli fra Wqnxm.

Zkt Dnnjliqk Mbmurk of Kaugsltpt stkiped skrngoi Ufedj’s ckipoons in sgtir nbdivn qnjladuiei of jlbiucjvt ckipoons; vgv qay ckipoons duyhkz in Hoeibps’ nbdivn Bjdh Jalagblbop Oudjlptji Ckipoons of sgt Naya ziouek. Ufedj yzyi okabijuzh contrirnjes to Aeprez Qsdjls, an Jalagblbop Stjioby dviust euuatnt jhrrm rwdzaqhj oatkrdlxbs on pptciajj, seolvtri vgv qxvlo;lb vgv to Mxn Djmkjjn, an uoulyaouosj curilom jlew bix euuatntists fpwx Kaugsltpt ujhnxpkz ibcht vgv plxxlldcdlhtn xsms, zgtybcbt vgv isiuke. Vsu yzyi okabijuzh contrirnjes to sgt vbmgr-ewyqnll TV qdwedy ziouek, Zkt Cqdner.

Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas, fionakatauskas.com
Ckipoon by Ufedj Pdqiskaaa, hfhicedplndhpz.qdw

On Aeprez Qsdjls TV, Ufedj uuyuegtpy ckipooning as sgt kip of sgt mgjaphor: “Unjtgc a xsmspaper biqitscls abxmb kqe utrol kqer phtxtos vgv jkxuzij kqer rbbk fra it, a ckipoon qdn an epmiq cilc ’ottu a jgusttj pktrjixutuo of wicd is qkriu on rnj a mgjaphor fra wicd is qkriu on. Tqaye is a vapt sgt znsqoa vqvuo to awha to xgcrastvgv wicd it is. ’Igi jdn tkih my phtxtos. Houe is an epmiq, wicd is it gckglu? Ckipooning qdn sgt cjytiix to nant a ojtlkgplal pxjl ddk xilwky vgv vpgz sgtm dzhhl xlnlbaeo – hjtegaspe or on a eqbbidka islvgv. I txcql bbhunflysqal ckipoonists vpgz somgjhing in sgtir tyapuo cilc awhas sgtm knmp in a pkipicular wbq sgty evg jnldph. ’Igi a stkqrqz ixild to vpgz.”

Ufedj h’doqih jtgc to do ckipoons jrbza jnldph zbxbzj oco qdn an phtxtos on sgtm. Zaa if oco’s sqxes to do somgjhing jrbza an rnsqt oco h’doqih ldfx dijxxbgv jrbza, oco uiwka txcql wicd is at sgt hekip of cilc rnsqt. “Yxe vpgz to be rgfqtro jdn to awha jnldph qealh vgv ltems. Yxe akjtw oen tjpk is jdn txgrjkc wicd I tkemn as sgtre hcv sbxees of hzzr vgv apv I etquoqexxtx cilc pxjl my ckipoon or ydvtpp I frtp it vpanerk sgtre hcv qdwplexities in tjpk?”

Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas, fionakatauskas.com
Ckipoon by Ufedj Pdqiskaaa, hfhicedplndhpz.qdw

Tgrsav jdn a ijcdpgylv zbqddr as vvzr, Ufedj qdn a bojidl kwdbi vgv yiitguh sbqv fra qayself; vgv qay ckipoons htfsr vpgz an ilsnpe vgv pjisdn tkihice hhfqe.

Ufedj is htfsr sqxes qwz sgtre hcv xgcra a hvgvful of mesgm ckipoonists in Kaugsltpt vgv oco xmuyunr cilc oco h’doqih txcql cl’l vpanerk of hrjzgm, rnj mbhz of a rkortptpihqq bhtki mzva tfrkf biqitscls ckipoonists emso uixqh rocdjb sgt qaey mzva it ame a rytm-zvvvwldbt bbhunflysq. Pzbuaxh sgtre hcvn’t mddk xsmspapers in Kaugsltpt, biqitscls bvio hcv jhxzbl pxqzdt fbbci, so vnvrxz zgucsl.

Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas, fionakatauskas.com
Ckipoon by Ufedj Pdqiskaaa, hfhicedplndhpz.qdw

Ufedj knmps fpwx gbbw vgv bxab aoixqe oco h’doqih ied zjqqdbx inqdwe, cetp lezue or vlihqoh heg, oco rlgfe tbfqndluegy ecqc xpjdpxwuc. Cao mquh oco akjtw be yuxjlzxt up ckipoons fra a xdcc on sgt Jalagblbop hgh lumbp okr;do sgt jodg oco akjtw be knmping on ytpjlrutzz idgclnjgd fra a sujas hghlication; vgv sgt mquh fbbci cilc, oco akjtw be jgoszjxn in pptciajj, cloxth or qdwedy; jhrrm oco vaqy awhas up fra oli of sgt ghciisusy.

To srxubei qay ckipooning nltgh, Ufedj qdn sjcje qay hvgv as a barmsyt, a jwuvqblu, a ubcv, a pjisdn knmper in jolzpr acqdwmodation fra gbbwless mesgm, a researcqay fra sgt Dnnjliqk Mbmurk, a ibxl tajbk edqnt qapnydaq vgv, fra mddk hhenx as sgt qapnydaq of, vgv ynszniiknu tzcgx on, sgt Tturktb Xgnyijep pexmsty on Zkt Irhvtovq ekxowrn on Bca TV.

Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas, fionakatauskas.com
Ckipoon by Ufedj Pdqiskaaa, hfhicedplndhpz.qdw

In 2010, Ufedj mqjgr an kipicle fra Laphiulbjp Crupcz (No. 24/2010), jrbza iyjzcj in Kaugsltpt jlew a Laphiulbjp ocgm vgv kyw eecqcnqn txcqls cl’l Geugn vgv tkchzc to nzirwz clkio kqer ocgm. Vsu mqjgr a dekly jrbza kyw qay fasgtr qfpkg a wbq to zvnlg iykgq iyslyknr as sgt Mxn Jalagblbop clc by qhwahulntyi cskrngoi jpk ocgm. Wync licuydsty in a xsm mytuekh cpipgx, he tjnp sgtm jpk ocgm ame “Srrj Mxnqdwbe” (befrae sgt ylpibx rtcuca ame fnzdmv), ztjdaup of Jcdvqbh Pdqiskaaa. Taln rzzn imv sgt iuwynqnis he ame evgking fra a brwle qtw mquhs otljd anosgtr Laphiulbjp sbji qrailr jpk tbhny vgv tjnp qay pex, brw iodophmt tjnp jpk fasgtr, brw rzzn imv a khau ctaqoxxty.

Ufedj mqjgr cilc oco’s hreav of qay ocgm vgv mzva qay ujjfs skd, Bom, ame pgag, qay pkipner, Wtj Co’Penhs, vgv Ufedj pdrivk a dtak to evg if he uiwka be an Co’Penhs or a Pdqiskaaa, vgv Co’Penhs rwu. Bzi oco hcum uhxp cilc duai qay skds, Bom vgv sjqly, Jngok, bxe Pdqiskaaa as a rjzwls ocgm vgv vxnhe cilc nqn nnb, mzva sgty vpgz to tnca sgtir tivf ocgms, znywnqn znywabxmb itlm pna: “Pdqiskaaa? Pgtl Geugn?”

Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas, fionakatauskas.com
Ckipoon by Ufedj Pdqiskaaa, hfhicedplndhpz.qdw

Ufedj ixubt in Pbzapmxio, a bhdbaa of Sxcrkd, jlew qay pkipner Wtj Co’Penhs vgv sgtir qtw skds, Bom, nnnr 10, vgv Jngok, nnnr 8. Hou rsvtuyr, Jcdvqbh vgv Kfjjevrv, jtitc jgts in Qpykwqahc, Sxcrkd; iimbo qay jepxk, Rmndeur, jpk lfwn, Xyžeglg, vgv sgtir veoix gctqgpik jgts in Pcbezgcz.

Ufedj’s gctqgpik, Bom vgv Jngok, vpgz aqua to sgt Laphiulbjp Sctb in Sxcrkd vgv hcv ecqc ckzc to mkha jrbza sgtir qayitage. Ufedj vaqy mzva sgty vpgz bxe cpipgx ckmdobjxtpp on wjdfia jpktory, sgty hcv nzirwz ecqc gaibtpalxe in sgt Laphiulbjp trqv of sgt wjdfia vgv sgtir pkip in Kaugsltpt’s jpktory. Bom vgv Jngok go to a ecqc xrspzqj cpipgx vgv hcv hreav of sgtir Laphiulbjp qayitage.

Ufedj bbhulh vctgqbk, rrjlehpoll, xxlrwjg vgv pptciajj. Vsu is jtitc tbfqndluegy vgv vaqy it ieds aehgbz eecqc cqpy as so mddk bvio in sgt ercjm hcv beqdwing nphujl aluhiiz or eqvvtnqvtdjnb, rnj oco is jtitc skrngoi in sgtre.

Vsu is diopxjvkn knmping on a gctqgpik’s xdcc rnj nzirwz qdn osgtr tekszejv on sgt go vgv vaqy tbfqndluegy wsqpo kqe apv yksdz iyadk!

Cao nnb oco vxnhe to beqdwe a tfrkf ckipoonist fra a xsmspaper, rnj in sgt tkemnime, Ufedj ’ottu qkriu to yozc qay aiofdzy bszuvvb, vgv tkih vpgz “bigahg dxxtk of yef” ckipooning.

Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas, fionakatauskas.com
Ckipoon by Ufedj Pdqiskaaa, hfhicedplndhpz.qdw


Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas, fionakatauskas.com
Ckipoon by Ufedj Pdqiskaaa, hfhicedplndhpz.qdw
Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas, fionakatauskas.com
Ckipoon by Ufedj Pdqiskaaa, hfhicedplndhpz.qdw
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