Pinkalarta - 2007
Limited Edition Screenprint on Paper
57 x 76 cm
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ProvenancePrint published by Short Street Gallery, WA
Printer / Collaborator - Bobbie Ruben
Northern Editions, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT
Cooee Art, Sydney, NSW
StoryAlma depicts Pinkalarta, the home where both she and her mother grew up. It is located in the Great Sandy Desert near Joanna Springs on the Anna Plains station. This is where she lost her mother and her sister. Her work gives an aerial view of the landscape, showing the mayi (bush food) and the jila (living water). Alma is a part of the Yulparija people who were forced to leave her home when the water began to dry up. She found her new home in the coastal town of Bidyadanga, and as a result, her desert imagery is expressed with
the vibrant contrasts of the saltwater landscape.
Alma Webou (c.1928 - ) is a Yulparija elder who grew up in Pinkalakara in the Great Sandy Desert. She led a traditional existence until the early 1970s when severe drought forced the Yulparija people to move to Bidyadanga on the coast. Alma says, "Pinkalakara is the place I was born and grew up; this is my mother's country. (It is near Joanna Spring on Anna Plains station close to the Canning Stock Route.) This country has lots of mayi (bush food). I lost my mummy and sister here." Alma cries when she paints Pinkalarta.
Many of her family died as a result of the droughts in this country. Alma is a senior law woman and well respected in the community. She has held a solo exhibition in 2005 at Short St Gallery @ Mary's Place, Sydney. (Short Street Gallery, August 2007)