Artist : HELICOPTER (Joey Tjungurrayi)
Title : Wangkartu
Size/Medium : 1000 x 500mm: acrylic on canvas Painting
Helicopter has depicted his traditional country, located far to the south west of Balgo, in the Great Sandy Desert. This country is near Nynmi and is known as Wangkartu, named for the tjurrnu (soakwater) which was the life source for Helicopter when he was a young man travelling and hunting across the land with his family.
The three yinta (waterholes on country) are from left to right Mirntutjarra, Kurrkumarra and Kilinypa, they are living water meaning in the wet or dry if you dig far enough you will always find water. Helicopter says that when he was living on this land he and his family could name every one of the rockholes, soakwaters and living waters on the Country. The many parallel lines in the painting represent the tali (sand dunes) which dominate the landscape of the area, the two white jagged lines are the dried creek beds after there has been no rain for a long time.