Language Group: Alyawarre
Country: Hermannsburg, Ntaria
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Subjects: Bush tucker, Bush Medicine, Untitled, Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Country, Akatyerre (Desert Raisin), Desert Flowers Seven Sisters Dreaming
Nikita started painting for Mbantua Gallery in June 2017. Her mother is Joycie Morton and her father is Eric Inkamala. They are both artists. Nikita was born in Alice Springs in 2000 and grew up at Hermannsburg and Ampilatwatja. She is married to a son of Thelma Dixon, who has been painting for Mbantua since 1998. Nikita's work reflects the unique style of her large extended family. She lives in the Utopia region with her family.
Nikita has painted beautiful fine dot work that represents akatyerre, known as the desert raisin, wild sultana or bush tomato (Solanum centrale).
The clonal under-shrub of the akatyerre can grow on Spinifex sand plains throughout Central Australia, often found across from mulga areas. It produces beautiful purple flowers and soft green leaves. The akatyerre grow in good moisture conditions and are heavily dependant on fire to obtain maximum potential. This fruit is probably the most important of all Central Australian plant foods due to its abundance and widespread availability most of the year. Once collected, the Aboriginal people eat the akatyerre raw or grind them into a paste before being consumed. The paste can also be rolled into balls and dried to store during long periods of drought. This practice is not as habitual now. Nikita also depicts the flowers of this plant.