Kulintja Irititja – Thinking About the Old Days
“My paintings are about the country that is my home, Indulkana. I feel truly connected to the place I’m painting and it’s incredibly important to me. My paintings include specific sites, like the Iwantja karu (creek), tjukitji (soakage), and Tjurki Tjukurpa (native owl ancestral story). I use my colours and marks to reflect the way the landscape changes from the rocky ridge to the sandy creek beds. As I paint I am thinking about stories and my memories of the different places. This country is beautiful and it is special.
A lot has changed since I was growing up here – when I first came to Indulkana, there weren’t houses like there are now – we lived in a simple wiltja (shelter), got our water from the tjukitji (soakage) and I was brought up to understand the traditional ways of living off the land. When I was growing up there was so many strong cultural leaders and the Elders taught us the importance of our Country and our culture. Now I’m an old lady it’s my responsibility to make sure that the younger generations are holding on to those traditions.
This place has changed a lot over the years but our culture and our connection to country and family will always be here.” Betty Chimney, 2022
Michael Reid Berlin is honoured to present the debut, international solo-exhibition by Betty Chimney. A director of Iwantja Arts, a senior woman and artist within the Indulkana community and 2021 & 2022 Wynne Prize Finalist, Mrs Chimney’s paintings will be on display in both our Sydney & Berlin galleries. Works can be acquired in either location.
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