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Louise Numina 'Bush Melons"

Louise Numina

Louise Numina 'Bush Melons"


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 artist 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 six sisters, also well-respected artists from Utopia, share many totems including the Bush Medicine Plant, Thorny Devil Lizard, Awelye (Ceremonial Body Paint), Women’s Dreaming’s,  Louise first began painting the Women's bush tucker dreaming’s when she was a young girl, and now predominantly paints the Bush Medicine Leaves, Bush Yam & Awelye (Ceremonial Body Paint).


 About the painting:

In this painting, Louise paints about Bush Foods, in particular the Bush Melons (the orange/yellow circles). Bush melons were often collected with Bush Yam Seeds. Women would typically hunt for these foods and bring them back to camp. The yam 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.