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Margaret Richards Tjukula tjuta

acrylic on linen

200 x 302 cm

When I paint, my mind travels back to my Country. I had to move to Adelaide for medical treatment many years ago. So now when I paint, I am right on my Country in the western Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, near Pipalyatjara in South Australia, where I was born. I am not able to be there to look after this Country anymore, but through my painting I depict the many tjukula (rockholes) and celebrate the Tjukurpa (spirituality and traditional law of Aṉangu culture) of the Country and keep it alive, so my painting is caring for Country too.

Margaret Richards, 2022