MB049336

Merne Awele Awele (Bush Tomatoes) MB049336-Marie Ryder


Medium
Acrylic on Canvas
Size
120 x 45cm
Year Painted
2015

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MB049336

Merne Awele Awele (Bush Tomatoes) MB049336-Marie Ryder

Marie paints the merne awele awele, known as the wild tomato or gooseberry (Solanum ellipticum). Merne means food in Marie's language and awele awele is the tomato. The clonal sub-shrub of the awele awele grows most commonly on foothills and lower hill slopes throughout Central Australia. It produces beautiful purple flowers and velvety grey or bluish-green leaves. Drought resistant it can produce tomatoes when the weather is dry, but the tomatoes are produced in abundance during good moisture conditions. The tomatoes are a traditional staple food of the Central desert aboriginals. Once collected, the Aboriginal people eat the tomatoes raw or put them in the hot earth by the fire, sprinkle water on top and cook them.

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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