Antarrengeny – Country
Artist: Natalea Holmes Pula
Title: Antarrengeny – Country
Size: 45 x 45cm
Med: Acrylic on Linen
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The inspiration for Natalea’s painting is drawn from her traditional life experiences with her family on her father’s country, Antarrengeny. She reflects on the traditional hunting methods with boomerangs and spears, the delicious bush foods collected by men and women, and the traditional shelters still built today when hunting parties “go bush”. Natalea feels very strongly about her traditional values and way of life. And at every opportunity will take her children hunting, collecting and camping, keeping the traditional ways alive.
A drive through Antarrengeny country takes you through wide open plains of red sand and spinifex grass, wooded areas of mulga shrubs, whilst occasionally crossing dry sandy river beds with it banks shaded by the majestic red river gums. Rocky outcrops hide precious underground water soaks and rock holes. After a season of good rain alpitye – bush flowers burst out in fields of colour.