This painting refers to Samantha’s grand-mother country. South of lake MacKaye. There is a network of salt lakes connected to rockholes and some swamps during rainy season. These waterholes are looked after by Warampi, the rainbow serpent, making sure that some of these rockholes remain permanent. The different colours represent the different types of terrain found in this area; sandy, rocky, covered with vegetation.
Samantha was born in Alice Springs, and her family comes from the Docker River Community. She speaks Pitjapitja and Larijara. She learned the Bush Tucker Dreaming from her grandfather, and paints elements of it in her work.
Samantha is the daughter of Linda Yunkata Syddick Napaltjarri, a Pintupi and Pitjantjatjara speaking Indigenous artist from Australia’s Western Desert region. Samantha’s father was killed when she was young; Linda later married Shorty Lungkarta Tjungarrayi, an artist whose work was a significant influence on Linda Syddick’s painting. Linda Syddick was one of many Western Desert women who took up painting in the early 1990s, as part of a broader contemporary Indigenous Australian art movement.
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Acrylic on canvas
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