Artist: Raelene Williams Ngala
Title: Damper Seeds
Size: 90 x 60 cm unframed
Medium: Acrylic on canvas, unframed
COA and pictures of the artist holding and signing her work will be provide
This artworks depicts Damper Seeds. The Aboriginal women gather the seeds, which are taken back to camp to be sorted and grounded before made into damper. In fine detail, the artist illustrates the seed pods attached onto the stems. Damper is made by crushing a variety of native seeds, and sometimes nuts and roots, into a dough and then baking the dough in the coals of a fire. The bread is high in protein and carbohydrate, and helped form part of a balanced traditional diet. Millstones for grinding seeds into flour have been discovered which have been dated to 50,000 years old. Damper is a dough of wheat-flour-based bread and water, baked in the coals of a campfire in a camp oven. Music sticks are used during dance cycles and songlines.