ARTIST: Lynette Corby Nungurrayi c.1958 –
TITLE: Bush Nut
LANGUAGE/REGION: Luritja/Papunya, Yamunturrngu – NT
YEAR: 2012
DIMENSIONS: 149.0cm x 90.0cm
MEDIUM: synthetic polymer paints on Belgian linen

DREAMINGS: Women Dreaming, Snake Dreaming, Witchetty Grub

Born in Haasts Bluff in 1958, Lynette Corby Nungurrayi began as a teacher in the Watiyawanu Community Mt Liebig, Northern Territory where she specialised in the written and spoken language of Luritja. Early in her art career, Lynette produced art with traditional iconography and realistic motifs of bush foods, implements and human figures. Her body of works show her creativity and versatility as an artist creating beautiful and mesmerising work expressed through multiple mediums ranging from acrylic on canvas, silk, linoleum, paper, screen printing and basket weavings. Her recent works have been an interplay between light and shade and harmonious use of colour subsequently generating a sense of depth to her canvasses. This unique and imaginative combination captivates the viewer through an optical illusion by fashioning a sense of multi-dimensional space attesting to Lynette’s artistic skills and versatility. Lynette’s imaginative flair will undoubtedly play a major role in the future development and widening appeal of Aboriginal Art.

Bush Foods (Bush Tucker)

Since time immemorial Aboriginal women have been the principal gatherers of bush foods ie; fruits, nuts, plants, edible roots and seeds. The role women play within community is considered as the other half of an indivisible whole. Through ceremony, songs, oral teachings and art, each woman learns their craft from another member of the family (commonly but not always) by another woman who is older. The passing of knowledge from female to female is known as ‘Women’s Business’ whereby men typically cannot participate in the ceremonies and sharing of the knowledge. Understanding and knowing about Bush Foods are a major part of the women’s responsibilities when existing within a community and the contribution of this knowledge allows for the whole existence as a community to thrive and survive. The knowledge and ability to locate foods within the desert is imperative to Aboriginal life. It serves as a means of survival and a way of ensuring Aboriginal existence contributing to human fertility and reproduction.

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