Yaritji Young is a traditional owner for tjala tjukurpa (honey ant story). She is from Amata in the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia. She paints the rock holes and landmarks of her country, entwined with icons and traditional marks that relate to inma (dance) and tjukurpa. The twisted lines and shapes mimic tunnels and formations made by the tjala (honey ant).
Yaritji Young says: ‘My paintings are of my country: my father’s country, my grandmother’s country, the tjala country. Everything that my grandmother taught me, I’m teaching to my grandchildren now. They dance because I have shared what I got from my grandmother with my granddaughters, so they can know their culture.’
Tjala Arts, Amata, 2021