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.
Helicopter can recall all of the waterholes from his childhood, from left to right, top to bottom, they are as follows Katapartitji (living water), Manypa (living water), Titjilpa, Minyurrpa, Nguny-Nguny, Kukulyurrpa, Tjarru (living water), Ngupuwarlu (salty water), Kilinypa, Nantu, Pililumalu (soak water) and Yintarramarlu. The many parallel lines in the painting represent the tali (sand dunes) which dominate the landscape of the area.