Bush Plum by Gracie Morton Pwerle
Title: Bush Plum
Medium: Acrylic on Belgian Linen
Size: 174x127 cm
Artist: Gracie Morton Pwerle
The painting depicts a topography of Arnwekety in its various stages of maturity, from flower to fruit.
The fruit from this Australian native plant are gathered by the Anmatyerr and Alyawarr women from Utopia in Central Australia. The plant produces white flowers followed by berries. When ripened the berries turn from purple to black. These fruits are edible and taste sweet and is a favourite bush tucker for Aboriginal people. Arnwekety is also a food source for emus, bush turkeys and many native birds.
The women pay homage to the Bush plum in their ceremonies to ensure perpetual germination. These ceremonies include body paint, song lines and dance cycles.
If you would like to know more about the Bush Plum Dreaming and the relationship with Aboriginal Art and culture, please read the following articles:
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