Lyaw (Pigweed or Grass Seed) MB052599-Kylie Clarke Kemarre

Acrylic on Linen
90 x 45cm
Year Painted


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Lyaw (Pigweed or Grass Seed) MB052599-Kylie Clarke Kemarre

Kylie uses beautiful fine dot work in this painting to represent the Dreamtime story of Lyaw that belongs to her country, Irrweltye.

Lyaw is the Alyawarr word for the seed of the pigweed or munyeroo (Portulaca oleracea). It is also referred to as grass seed by Kylie in English. The pigweed is a fleshy ground-hugging herb that can grow to one metre in diameter. It produces small yellow or orange flowers and numerous small black seeds. These seeds are a most important food. The seeds must be collected at a critical time when the stems change from green to pink; if collected too soon they risk being immature, if collected too late they fall to the ground making collection too difficult. During this critical time, large quantities of the pigweed are collected and piled onto cleared ground near the community. They are left to dry and when the seeds fall to the ground they are gathered in heaps and cleaned. After cleaning, the seeds are roasted and ground, being consumed as a paste or patty as is or cooked again. Not a delicious food but it is extremely nutritious.
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