Language Group: Anmatyerre
Country: Ilkawerne, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Wood Carvings
Subjects: Ngkwerlp (Wild TObacco) Story, Antyarlkenh (Yam) Story, Awelye (Women's Ceremony)
Bronwyn belongs to a large family of artists. She is the daughter of Doreen and Harold Payne and is sister to Joseph, Violet, Richard, Johnny, Jimmy and Laura Payne. Being the eldest daughter, she carried on the tradition of painting and began for Mbantua Gallery in September of 2000. Bronwyn is known to have a creative flair, having experimented with different mediums, including wood carving and painting on various native seeds used to make necklaces.
Bronwyn grew up at Artekerre (Three Bores) which is in the Utopia Region of Central Australia.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
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Bronwyn paints the story of the Antyarlkenh (Ipomoea polpha). This plant has large soft leaves that trail along the ground for up to four metres from its centre, and soft purple flowers that bloom in spring if conditions are favourable. Underneath the ground, tubers (yams) grow large and round, averaging about 1 kg. This particular yam, similar to Anaty (Ipomoea costata) is now very rare to find, although evidence of it in aboriginal culture from different areas suggests that it occurred more in the past. Though scarce, it is known by its reputation as it is considered to be the best of all the native tubers. Once this plant is found, tubers can be located by hitting the ground with a digging stick until a hollow sound is heard, sometimes being found 2.5 metre from the base of the plant.