Raylene Walatinna

Artist Raylene Walatinna
Title Ngayuku Ngura (My Country)
Year 2022

Acrylic on linen

Dimensions 152 × 122 cm
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Raylene Walatinna

Raylene Walatinna comes from Indulkana on the eastern side of the APY Lands. She has a dedicated art practice, painting at the art studio in Indulkana daily. Raylene was taught by her mother, the well-known artist Betty Chimney, and in 2019 their collaborative work featured in the prestigious John Fries Award. Raylene takes her inspiration from the desert Country that surrounds her. The artist studio in Indulkana is known as Iwantja Arts and is named after the creek that runs by the community. Raylene includes this site and many other sacred sites and important cultural markers in her art works. These include, jukitjis (soakages), tjukulas (rock-holes) and a tree that holds the Tjurki Tjukurpa (native owl dreaming).

Artist statement

Raylene Walatinna ‘s paintings are evocative of the vast and rugged desert country of Indulkana on the eastern side of the APY Lands. The country is expansive, dotted with small shrubs and carpeted in clusters of rocks. Raylene paints at Iwantja Arts daily where she works alongside her mother Betty Chimney. They often create collaborative works together that map their home and country. Taught by her mother, she marks the creeks, roads, rocks and dry creek-beds, highlighting changes in the landscapes through colour shifts. Raylene’s paintings reveal the true essence of Yankunytjatjara desert country.