My Fathers Country - Heather Pitjara Corbett by Heather Pitjara CorbettNew

My Fathers Country – Heather Pitjara Corbett

“My Father is from this country. Rosie Ross and Josie are from the same family line, they knew him well. He passed when I was a baby, I don’t know much about him. But I know his country. All my Father’s family are here, living in Ampilatwatja.

I like to paint his country. I like going hunting and to town because I like to look and see the different landscapes and the blue hills sometimes in the distance, the grasses and the trees, the bush medicines and the flowers. I like to see how they are always changing.” – Heather

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.