Bush Berriesby Marie Ryder
The painting depicts Bush berries. The Eastern Arrernte Aboriginal women gather bush berries after rain, when the barren desert has been transformed into an abundance of wild bush berries.
Bush berries are edible fruits which can be either eaten raw or cooked and are gathered on a daily basis by Aboriginal women and children. The foot prints represents walkabout.(walkabout is a spiritual journey where they return to their home or where they feel a connection to the land).
Marie Ryder Pengarte was born on the 9th of September 1966 and comes from Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa Community) approximately 1 hour from Alice Springs in Central Australia. She is the daughter of highly regarded landscape watercolour artist Therese Ryder. Together with her eight younger brothers and sisters she grew up at Santa Teresa Community.
Marie first learnt to paint by watching her mother whilst she worked however it wasn’t until her early 20’s that she attempted her first artworks. Although she does not follow the same style of her mother rather opting to depict her Bush Tucker Dreamings and depict a variety of bush foods and fruits found in Central Australia. Although from Santa Teresa Community which has a unique style of artwork depiction called Keringke art she paintings are a modern interpretation of traditional art depiction.
Marie resides in Utopia Community with her husband Kevin Bird Mpetyane who is the grandson of well known Utopian artist Ada Bird Petyarre (who has sadly passed away). Together they are raising their three children in Kevin’s traditional homelands however make frequent visits to Alice Springs and Santa Teresa.
I (Sabine Haider, Director, Central Art) enjoy working with Marie, her artworks are extremely popular and I enjoy speaking with her about her inspirations for her artworks. Each paintings is slightly different from the next. Marie has participated in several group exhibitions with other local art galleries and continues to raise her children and paint.
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