Acrylic on found metal oil sump, recycled pram wheels and tent poles
Russell is a Pitantjatjara man who was born in Yalata. Russell’s parents met in Ooldea before being moved to Yalata by the government to make way for the atomic testing program at Maralinga.
“There were lots of people being moved,” Russell says. “We were still living in the bush, there were no houses, then the government put in a water tank to keep people in one place and this is how the Community of Yalata grew.” When Russell was young, he would sit and watch the old people carve wood and paint, “that’s how I learnt to do my art, by watching the oldies.”