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.
In this painting, Nikita paints the Bush Medicine Plant. There are different types of bush medicine in the Central Desert. In the 'olden days' the leaves and the seeds of this plant were gathered, ground and mixed with animal fat (today a commercial oil is used) and it is then used as an ointment, or boiled in water for medicinal use. In this painting, dot work represents the bush medicine seeds. The oval shaped designs represent coolamons (full of bush medicine leaves and seeds) which are typical instruments used for collecting many bush foods.