| Bush Tucker Dreaming - Witchetty Grub (2001)
(40x30cm, acrylic on cotton):
This story shows women digging for witchetty grubs which live in the roots of the witchetty bush which grows throughout the central Australian desert. The women are represented by the U shapes (the shape you leave in the sand if you sit with your legs outstretched) and the white dotted lines are the digging sticks and the brown ovals are the coolamons or collecting dishes used to gather the grubs. The central roundel is the witchetty bush and the grubs are shown inside the tree roots, the bulges in the roots are what the women look for to identify that the roots contain grubs. The grubs are very sought after and are a nutritious meal and can be eaten raw but are often roasted on the coals of the fire.
|Bush Tucker Dreaming - Honey Ant (2001)
(38x28cm, acrylic on cotton):
This story tells of the women digging for honey ants using digging sticks and collecting them in coolamons. Honey ants are a delicacy and the abdomen of the ants is filled with a sweet honey and the technique is to pick up the ant and suck the honey out. In this painting the honey ant nest is represented by the circle indicated in the corner and the burrows of the ants underground are shown leading to the nest. The U shapes represent the women, the line in front of one woman is a digging stick and the brown oval in front of one of the others is the "coolamon" or collecting dish which are made from a Bean Tree (similar to Balsa wood - light but strong). The large white "flower" represents the spinifex grass that is found in the same area as the honey ants.