Language Group: Alyawarre
Country: Atnwengerrp, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk and Cotton
Subjects: Awelye (Women's Ceremonial Body Paint Designs), Akarley (Northern Wild Orange), Country, Bush Foods
May began painting for Mbantua Gallery in 1996 along with her sisters Dorothy, Topsy, Mary, Mavis and Gypsy. These sisters are married into the Jones family of Utopia and therefore go by either the Lewis or the Jones surname.
May's paintings are commonly based on Awelye that is performed for the Akarley which is a bush orange that can be found throughout her country. Her paintings consist of refined dot work in various colours and patterns.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
May depicts women collecting a variety of bush foods, including akarley (wild orange), alkwarrer (bush banana) and anemangkerr (bush melon or tomato).
Women are shown collecting the fruits by the 'U' motifs. 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 bush foods are being collected. May likes to use traditional dot work in the background design to reflect the rich sand hill country of her country.