My Grandfather's Country
Acrylic on Canvas
|Sharon is a young artist who works at Papulankutja Artists in Blackstone, a remote community in the Gibson Desert in Western Australia. Her works map her grandfather’s Country, named Aputula in the Northern Territory. Sharon speaks both Pitjantjatjara and English, she was born in Alice Springs in 1981, and grew up in Aputula. In 2008, Sharon and her partner moved to Blackstone with their young family of three children. It was around this time that Sharon took a small plane over Apatula and saw the rivers and salt lakes from up high, an aerial perspective. Since this flight, Sharon has experimented with the shape and features of the surface of Aputula, through detailed, topographical paintings by memory.