Yalke by June Smith
Medium: Acrylic on Belgian Linen
Size: 127x71 cm
Artist: June Smith
This beautiful artwork represents yalke (wild bush onion). The description below is from the artist.
This is the story about my grandmother's country where the yalke are growing. Yalke is my totem, she gave me that when I was a small baby. My grandmother would sit on the ground and draw all the stories in the sand for me. This artwork shows you the country that we walk in when we are going to find yalke for bush foods. The country there the yalke is, is near the desert, with the sand hills and spinifex grass, and dry creeks where the rocks are. The yalke is a bush onion, and it is little, growing in clumps all together, sitting in the earth. When we cook it we put them in hot ashes from the fire and then peel the skin of the onion and eat its white flesh.
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