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"Women's Tracks, Searching for Bush Tucker" by Annie Napangardi Nelson

Annie Napangardi Nelson

"Women's Tracks, Searching for Bush Tucker" by Annie Napangardi Nelson


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  • 140cm x 60cm
  • Painted with acrylics on canvas

About Annie

Annie Nelson grew up at Ti Tree, a small community approximately 2 hours North of Alice Springs. She is the daughter of senior elder and artist, Polly Nelson Nungala. Annie started her artistic career with wood carvings and cultural jewellery and began painting in early 2000. She often depicts motifs in her artworks that are typical for paintings from Central Australia including the Bush Plum (Seeds), Bush Medicine (Leaves), Bush Bean and Bush Berries Dreaming or Women’s Ceremony (Awelye).

About the artwork

In this painting, Annie paints about women searching for Bush Foods. The women’s tracks are indicated by the tiny white dots scattered across the painting. The women are seen walking across the desert and drylands (indicated by the warm, red tones), searching for food to bring back to their camp. Women typically hunt for the bush tucker and are highly skilled at this, using digging tools and coolamons to collect the food. The food would include yam seeds, nuts, grubs and small animals, melons and other bush fruits. These bush foods were a big source of bush tucker for Annie’s family.