The community of Ampilatwatja made a conscious decision not to paint ‘altyerr’ dreaming stories. The artists paint their country where those stories belong.
“My country is called Irrultja, it’s past the hill and the dried up creek from here, it’s a nice place, my Dad’s country too, and my Mum’s country is here in Ampilatwatja.
When I go to see my country we always go to gather bush medicine, we always climb up the hill that’s in the south, we always go there. We like to look out over the land and there are lots of flowers and bush medicine up there. I love my countryside, I see the nice flowers and gather bush medicine for me and my family.
I like to paint a mix of wild flowers and bush medicines in all my paintings because it reminds me of my favourite part of my country and when it rains the flowers come out. Yeah, my country side.”