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"Bush Melons & Bush Yam Seeds" by Louise Numina

Louise Numina

"Bush Melons & Bush Yam Seeds" by Louise Numina


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  • 95cm by 76cm
  • Acrylic paint on canvas

About Louise:

Louise Numina is an Anmatyerre artist and one of six sisters and three brothers who lived at Ti Tree, 190km North of Alice Springs in Central Australia. Her mother is Barbara Mbitjana (Other names: Pananka or Price). She attended primary school at Stirling Station, a cattle station near Tennant Creek where she began painting at a young age, taking guidance from her world-famous aunties Gloria and Kathleen Petyarre. She later studied at Yirara College in Alice Springs. After her studies, she returned to Stirling Station working with the Community Development Program. In 2000 the Numina family moved to Darwin where they still live today. 

Louise and her four sisters, Jacinta, Lanita, Caroline and Sharon Numina also well-respected artists from Utopia, share many totems including the Bush Medicine Plant and she expresses their connection to the plant in a similar painting style to their famous Aunty, the renowned artist Gloria Petyarre. Louise first began painting the Women's bush tucker dreamings when she was a young girl.

About the artwork:

In this painting, Louise paints about Bush Foods, in particular the Bush Melons (the blue//white circles) and Bush Yam Seeds (the white dots). Women would typically hunt for these foods and bring them back to camp. The seeds would need to be soaked in water first before being crushed up to make damper. Women would head to the waterholes to do this, and then proceed with the cooking process. These bush foods were a big source of bush tucker for Louise’s family.