Women Collecting Imuna (Bush Food) MB054829-Marie Ryder

Acrylic on Linen
180 x 180cm
Year Painted


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Women Collecting Imuna (Bush Food) MB054829-Marie Ryder

Marie paints women collecting a variety of bush foods. Often featured in her paintings are Merne Awele Awele (Wild Tomatoes), Merne Utyerrke (Wild Figs) and Merne Alangkwe (Bush Banana), Merne Yerrampe (Honey Ants) and Tyape Atnyematye (Witchetty Grubs).

Marie illustrates the women, represented by the 'U' motifs, collecting these bush foods. 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 site where all of these bush foods are being collected. The footprints that the women leave in the sand can also be seen, 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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Mbantua Alice Gallery (MGA)