View Of Country - Grasslands by Serina Ngwarraye Holmesw by Serina Ngwarraye Holmes

View Of Country – Grasslands by Serina Ngwarraye Holmesw

The community of Ampilatwatja made a conscious decision not to paint ‘altyerr’ dreaming stories, the artists paint their country where those stories sit.

This painting shows the layered landscape of Alyawarr, Central Australia. Knowing your country is an important part of living in a remote community like Ampilatwatja. Knowing when and where to go hunting and gathering, knowing where there is ‘soakage’ (where you can dig for water), travelling with family for ceremonies, and maintaining a connection with the land.

Serina has painted the grasslands after rain in her mothers country, Antarrengeny. 

“This is after rain when the grasses are nice and green and the flowers come out. This is good tucker for the arra (kangaroo) and enungulpa (bush turkey), and they are good munna (food) for us.” 

“This is my country, my view of country.”