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SP10513

Women Collecting Merne Pmerlpe (Quandongs)

Medium
Acrylic on Canvas
Size
30 x 30cm
Year Painted
2003
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SP10513

Women Collecting Merne Pmerlpe (Quandongs)

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Artist Profile

Therese grew up at the Santa Teresa Mission, South East of Alice Springs, living…

Artist Profile

Artist Profile

Therese Ryder
Born:

1946

Deceased:

2023

Language Group:

Eastern Arrernte (Aranda)

Country:

Santa Teresa, South East of Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Medium:

Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Watercolour on Board

Subjects:

Women Collecting Merne Alangkwe (Bush Banana), Merne Atwakeye (Wild Orange), Angkwerrpme (Mistletoe), Merne Alangkwe (Bush Banana), Uluru, Ntang (Edible Seeds), Untitled Landscape

Therese grew up at the Santa Teresa Mission, South East of Alice Springs, living in a dormitory and being cared for by Catholic nuns. The girls were taught cooking, sewing and house cleaning. Drawing lessons were given once a week at school.

There are references to a number of staff at the mission encouraging drawing and painting - Sister Therese Marie, Sister Anastasia, Dr Ethel Robertson and Mr. Sawjack. These were strong influences in the development of the landscape painting. It is interesting to note from text that the immerging artists from Santa Teresa were only partially aware of Albert Namatjira and his fame as a watercolourist landscape painter. Therese, Kathleen Wallace, Gabriella Wallace and others entered work in the Alice Spring Show often winning prizes.

Therese moved to Alice Springs and painted ever since in both landscape style and the more traditional dot style, interpreting bush foods.

COLLECTIONS
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT
EXHIBITIONS
1988
Pmere - Country in Mind, Arrernte Landscape Painters, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
1989
The Sixth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
1989
A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
1991
Heritage of Namatjira, Flinders University Art Museum, Bedford Park, SA
1991
Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
1992-1993
Heritage of Namatjira, Flinders University Art Museum, Bedford Park, SA
1993
Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
2002-2004
Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions
REFERENCES
Diggins, L.
(1989) A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, exhibit. Cat., Malakoff Fine Art Press, North Caulfield, VIC
Green, J.
(1988) Pmere: Country in Mind, Arrernte Landscape Painters, Tangentyere Council, Alice Springs ©
Green, J.
(1994) A Learner's Guide to Eastern and Central Arrernte, Institute of Aboriginal Development Press, Alice Springs ©
Hardy, J., Megaw, JVS. & Megaw, MR.
(1992) The Heritage of Namatjira - The Watercolourists of Central Australia, William Heinemann, Australia

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Artist Name, Artwork Size, Medium, Year Painted,

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Artist Name:
Therese Ryder
Artwork Size:
30 x 30cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted:
2003
Title:
Women Collecting Merne Pmerlpe (Quandongs)
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Description

Therese paints women collecting Merne Pmerlpe, known as the quandong or native peach. Therese also refers to these as bush berries. Merne means food in Therese's language and Pmerlpe is the quandong. The pmerlpe is a traditional staple food, sought after for its fleshy fruit. The quandong is bright red when ripe and highly nutritious; its vitamin C content is twice as high as that of an orange. In traditional Aboriginal life, these fruits were also collected, pounded and made into cakes. The inside of the quandong has a large pitted stone or seed which is often used for marbles or making jewellery.

Women, represented by 'U' motifs, can carry with them their digging sticks and coolamons (carved wooden bowls) which are typical instruments used for collecting many bush foods.

Located at
Mbantua Warehouse