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.
Nikita paints women collecting merne Yerrampe, known as honey ants. Merne means food in Nikita's language and Yerrampe is the honey ant. Yerrampe are a sweet bush food for the aboriginal people. When hunting for Yerrampe care is taken not to kill or hurt them (or not get bitten either!) so that they can go on and collect more honey. The sac on the back of the Yerrampe holds pure natural honey.
Nikita illustrates the Yerrampe and women are represented by the 'U' motifs collecting them. They carry with them their digging sticks which are typical instruments used for collecting many bush foods. Concentric circles represent the sites where the Yerrampe are being collected. Footprints that the women leave in the sand can sometimes be seen in Nikita's paintings. The background colours in the artwork reflect the rich sand hill country of Central Australia.