synthetic polymer on linen
152 x 105 cm
The Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato, Solanum chippendalei) travels to Yaturlu Yaturlu (near Mount Theo, north of Yuendumu). Wanakiji grows in open spinifex country and is a small, prickly plant with purple flowers that bears green fleshy fruit with many small black seeds. After collecting the fruit the seeds are removed with a small wooden spoon-like scoop called a Kajalarra. The fruit then can be eaten raw or threaded onto skewers called Turlturrpa and then cooked over a fire. Wanakiji can also be skewered and left to dry - when prepared in this way is called Turlturrpa and the fruit can be kept for a long time. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. The Wanakiji Jukurrpa belongs to Napanangka/Napangardi women and Japanangka/Japangardi men.