Artist: Gladys Roberts
Size: 200cm x 153cm
Medium: Acrylic on Belgian Linen
Story from the certificate of authenticity:Glady's paintings are inspired by the traditional country around Fregon (Kaltjiti) Community. Knowledge of their location was essential to survival in nomadic times. The sandhills are interspersed by vast, flat plains of spinifex and native grasses which are criss-crossed by dry creeks surrounding Fregon on the APY Lands. Her painting shows the rock holes (tjukula) and places around the Fregon Community. The red colour depicts the sand hills (tali) as Fregon is in the Tali (no rocks-puli). The creek runs through the community, this is called Officer Creek. It is mostly dry but after big rains becomes flooded and the community gets cut off. The patchwork effect of the land and the creeks which flood during heavy rain is changeable. The intense 'red' of the earth, however is enduring. Gladys says "This is my country, i was born in Alice Springs but grew up in Fregon with my mother, Kathy Maringka, father Johnny Roberts and sisters and brothers". Anangu Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Lands, far north west of South Australia.