Akarley (Northern Wild Orange) MB057166-Lizzie Moss Pwerle

Acrylic on Canvas
150 x 90cm
Year Painted


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Akarley (Northern Wild Orange) MB057166-Lizzie Moss Pwerle

Lizzie paints the story of the northern wild orange (Capparis umbonata), known as Akarley in Lizzie's language. The small slender tree of this wild orange plant grows about 3½ m high with dark bark and weeping foliage. The wild orange hang down on long stalks, turning yellow or a red tint when ripe; most commonly during the month of February. Young fruit are often ripened in hot sand. The Akarley is generally favoured as a better fruit than others of this species by the Aboriginal people.

Lizzie has illustrated the leaves of Akarley, and fine dot work portraying her country. There is an ancient Dreamtime story of the Akarley, belonging to her country Atnwengerrp, which Lizzie and other women of her country share with younger generations of women and girls. Akarley is an important fruit of her land and ceremonies are performed to ensure the health and well-being of this plant, both spiritually and physically.

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