New Works


23-854 – Mayika Chapman


Mayika Chapman
Acrylic on Canvas
61 x 91 cm: acrylic on canvas
Year: 2023


“Every meeting time people go there. After rain it fills up, but at the moment it’s dry. After rain, all the plants and flowers start to grow, everything comes back”

– Mayika Chapman


Yulpu is a large soak located within the McKay Ranges, and just south of Parnngurr Aboriginal community. Yulpu is still a popular camping ground and hunting area for Martu today.

During the pujiman (traditional, desert dwelling) period, Martu would traverse very large distances annually in small family groups, moving seasonally from water source to water source, and hunting and gathering bush tucker as they went. At this time knowledge of water sources was critical for survival, and today Martu Country is still defined in terms of the location and type of water. Each of the hundreds of claypans, rockholes, waterholes, soaks and springs found in the Martu desert homelands is known by name, location, quality and seasonal availability through real life experience and the recounting of Jukurrpa (Dreaming) narratives.

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Martumili Artists acknowledges the Nyiyaparli and Martu people as the Traditional Owners of the land we live and work on. We also acknowledge the Traditional Owners throughout our country and our Elders; past, present and emerging.