We wanted to bring back the opportunity for indigenous artists to revive this most original art form, that is painting on rock. Together with the artists we developed a concept and came up with the idea to give each artist the chance to go back to their homeland and paint there. Each artist was to choose a place and a story related to that specific place. We then traveled there on various bush trips in old 4x4 Landcruisers to find the perfect spot for the painting and the photo. The paintings were done with "tutu" (a natural pigment found in the desert) and have since washed away by the summer rains, but were preserved through the large scale photographs. My part was to help pick the right spot and light situation to integrate the painting in the landscape and thus, create the final artwork that combined the story of the painting with the landscape where the story takes place. The collaboration was done with five great senior artist from Tjungu Palya Arts.
Conception and execution by Tjungu Palya artists (Marita Baker, Angkaliya Eadie Curtis, Beryl Jimmy, Keith Stevens, Bernard Tjalkuri), Benjamin Bradley and Leopold Fiala.
And with great support from: Liz Bird and Jorgen Doyle, and the kids from the community.