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Bush tucker

Maisie Petyarre Bundey
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
121 x 75.5 cm
Artists of Ampilatwatja


Maisie Petyarre Bundey paints the bush tucker found in her country, the area that surrounds Boundary Bore in the Utopia homelands. She paints bush plums, bush bananas, bush potatoes and bush medicine plants. The main motif which recurs in Maisie artworks is a full coolamon. When she paints she always speaks of gathering and hunting on her country ‘ long way from here, long time ago’, filling up coolamons with ‘bush potato, bush banana, goanna and porcupine.’ Maisie always says her family are ‘happy ones, healthy ones.’

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