Artist: Tania Price Nangala
Title: Women Collecting Bush Food
Size: 60 x 60 cm Unframed
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
COA and pictures of Tania holding and signing her work will be provided.
This painting represents women collecting bush food. Often featured are Anaty (bush potatoes), Arlatyeye (Pencil Yam) bush bananas (dried), bush oranges, bush tomatoes, bush onions, bush limes and bush lemons.
This painting illustrates the women collecting these bush foods. They carry with them their digging sticks and coolamons (carved wooden bowls) which are typical instruments used for collecting many bush foods. Concentric circles represent waterholes.
The linear designs represent the Awelye (ceremonial body paint designs). These designs are painted onto the chest, breasts, arms and thighs of the women. Powders ground from ochre, charcoal and ash are used as body paint. The women sing songs associated with their Awelye as each woman takes her turn to be ‘painted-up’. Women perform Awelye ceremonies to demonstrate respect for their country and the total well-being and health of their community. Red ochre and white are the true colours that are used for ceremonies.