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"Bush Jam Leaves" by Jeannie Pitjara WS#359

AUD 600.00 each

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Artist:          Jeannie Pitjara
Title:            Bush Jam Leaves
Language:   Anmatyerre / Utopia NT
Medium:      Acrylic on cotton canvas
Size:            92.5x45.5 cm

This artwork depicts its interweaving leaves of Pencil yam plant in central Australia. The Pencil yam is an important bush tucker food for Aboriginal people and is a significant Dreaming story form Utopia and those who have an attachment to the origins of the pencil yam. It is celebrated in their Awelye ceremonies. Certain song lines, body paint and dance cycles are performed to pay homage to ensure perpetual germination of the pencil yam plant. The Aboriginal women dig pencil yams up in creek-beds. They look for the white roots, then cook them in the hot earth beside the fire until they are just firm

Jeannie Petyarre (Pitjara) is one of Central Art’s most popular artists. Born in approximately 1951 at Boundary Bore, a small Aboriginal outstation in the Utopia region of Central Australia, Jeannie comes from a very popular and famous Aboriginal artist family. She is the niece of the late great Emily Kame Kngwarreye (who sadly passed away in 1996). Her sister is Rosemary Petyarre and her half-siblings are Evelyn Pultara and Greeny Purvis Petyarre. It is only fair to say that Jeannie has not only the talented family around her to support her artistic development but she originates from a beautiful country to draw so much inspiration from for her artworks. All of Jeannie's Dreamtime stories come from the Alhalkere Country and are passed down to her from her father's side. Jeannie paints the Yam Seed, Yam Leaf and Yam Flower Dreamings.


Each painting includes a certificate of authenticity which comprises the artist's photo (with his/her permission)