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MB048952

Women Collecting Merne Pmerlpe (Quandongs) MB048952-Marie Ryder


Medium
Acrylic on Canvas
Size
45 x 45cm
Year Painted
2014

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MB048952

Women Collecting Merne Pmerlpe (Quandongs) MB048952-Marie Ryder

Marie paints women collecting merne pmerlpe, known as the quandong or native peach (Santalum acuminatum). Marie also refers to these as bush berries. Merne means food in Marie's language and Pmerlpe is the quandong. The pmerlpe is a traditional staple food, sought after for its fleshy fruit. It can be found in the southern area of Central Australia where Marie grew up. The quandong is bright red when ripe and highly nutritious; its vitamin C content is twice as high as that of an orange. Sometimes a ripe yellow fruit is encountered. If the fruit has fallen off the tree and gone dry, the fruit can be collected and easily reconstituted in water. In traditional aboriginal life, these fruits were also collected, pounded and made into cakes. The inside of the quandong has a large pitted stone or seed which is often used for marbles or making jewellery.

Marie illustrates the quandong when it is ripe and ready to eat raw. Women, represented by the 'U' motifs, are shown collecting this fruit. They carry with them their digging sticks and coolamons (carved wooden bowls) which are typical instruments used for collecting many bush foods. Concentric circles represent the sites where the quandongs are being collected. The footprints that the women leave in the sand are a trademark depiction often featured in Marie's paintings. Marie likes to use traditional ochre colours in the background design to reflect the rich sand hill country of Central Australia.

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