This is Aboriginal Art, NT
Cooee Art, NSW
Belinda is the daughter of noted Utopian artist Janet Golder and is following in the footsteps of other well known artists from the talented Kngwarreye family, most notably Emily Kane, Kudditji and Polly Ngale. She typically pants the same story as Polly, ‘Bush Plum’, and uses heavily layered paint to depict the foliage of the plant.
The conkerberry (or conkleberry) known as anwekety or bush plum, is a sweet black berry that is favoured by desert Aboriginals. They only grow on the plant (Carissa lanceolata) for a few weeks of the year, however Belinda’s people collect plenty of them and store them dry, soaking them in water again before being consumed. The plant of the conkerberry is a tangled, spiny shrub that can grow up to 2m high. After rain fragrant white flowers bloom. This plant also bares medicinal properties. The orange inner bark from the roots can be soaked in water and the resultant solutions can be used as a medicinal wash. This is particularly favoured for skin and eye conditions. The thorns on the shrub can be sued to sure warts.Share