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Winner: Wynne Prize 2020

Hubert Pareroultja Tjoritja (West MacDonnell Ranges, NT)

acrylic on canvas

183 x 244 cm

I am a Western Aranda man. My family believe giant caterpillars called the Yeperenye became Tjoritja (West MacDonnell Ranges in the distant past). The giant caterpillars entered through gaps in the ranges. In this painting the trees are a symbol for caterpillars coming through to the Country, and they travelled from Mount Zeil past Mparntwe (Alice Springs) to Emily Gap. I believe Emily Gap to be part of the West MacDonnell Ranges (although other people refer to them as the East MacDonnell Ranges). I got all the ideas for the painting from my father, Ruben Pareroultja, because he was a Western Aranda man.

Hubert Pareroultja, 2020