Elizabeth Nyumi – Parwalla, 2012 – 180 x 150 cm
Elizabeth Nyumi – Parwalla, 2012
180 x 150 cm
Acrylic on canvas
Available for acquisition at email@example.com
Warlayirti Artists, Balgo, WA.
– WaterMark – The Signature of Life, IDAIA – International Development for Australian Indigenous Art, The Space, Hong Kong, Sep 2012.
– Gestuelles – the art of transmission by Aboriginal desert women, IDAIA – International Development for Australian Indigenous Art, in partnership with the Embassy of France in Australia, Alliances Françaises in Australia, 2012-2013.
This painting depicts the country known as Parwalla, which is Nyumi’s father’s country. This country is far to the south of Balgo in the Great Sandy Desert, West of Kiwirrkurra, and is dominated by tali (sand hills). Parwalla is a large swampy area, which fills with water after the wet season rains and consequently produces an abundance of bush foods. The majority of Nyumi’s painting shows the different bush foods, including kantjilyi (bush raisin), pura (bush tomato) and minyili (seed). Women, shown as the U shapes, with their wana (digging sticks) and coolamons gathering the foods are also depicted. The whitish colours, which dominate the painting, represent the spinifex that grows strong and seeds after the wet season rains. These seeds are white in coloUr, and grow so thickly they obscure the ground and other plants below.