Design: Yuendumu Bush Tomato by Audrey Napanangka
About the Artist: Audrey was born in 1950 in Yuendumu, a settlement about 370km away from Alice Springs, NT. She grew up in Yeundumu and went through local primary school. Audrey learnt painting from Netta Williams (Napanangka) and by watching tribal elder’s body painting. Both of her parents were good artists. Audrey started painting on canvas in 1986. She exhibited her works in Rome, Venice and other European cities. Some of Audrey’s dreaming are bush tucker (food), witchety grubs, Bush Sultana and Bush tomato.
Dreamtime behind the Design: Bush Tomato or wild tomato plant is usually waxy looking. It grows in the creek area in Northern Territory. The ripe fruits have a strong fragrance which may be smelled from long distances. A single plant produces many fruits. These fruits are tasty. Bush Tomato is rich in sources of potassium and vitamin C. There are more than 100 varieties of bush tomatoes, but only a handful numbers are edible. Some may be poisonous or may cause sickness. Harvesters normally collect sundried fruits of the small bushes in the late summer and early winter. Audrey Napanangka’s artwork is vivid and strong. Design shoes women(u) are sitting around waterhole with already picked up fruits on the coolaman (Special wooden toy) and digging sticks.