Betty Chimney and Raylene Walatinna are a mother and daughter collaborative art practice based in the Iwantja Arts Indulkana Community in South Australia. They have exhibited together since 2016.
Their collaborative paintings are about the country around Indulkana Community on the APY Lands in northwest South Australia, where there is a lot of important family history here for them both, as well as a lot of important Tjukurpa (cultural history) for the Yankunytjatjara people.
Iwantja is the name of a creek where the Indulkana Community was established. The creek runs from high up in the rocky ridge all the way down to the community. There’s a tjukitji (soakage) there and different tjukula (rock-holes) too – these were important water sources for Anangu before there were bores or water tanks. There’s also a very special site: a specific tree that holds the Tjurki (native owl) Tjukurpa. The artists’ paintings include all these sites, and their colours and marks reflect the way the landscape changes from the rocky ridge to the sandy creek beds.