Language Group: Anmatyerre
Country: Ilkawerne, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Wood Carvings
Subjects: Ngkwerlp (Wild TObacco) Story, Antyarlkenh (Yam) Story, Awelye (Women's Ceremony)
Bronwyn belongs to a large family of artists. She is the daughter of Doreen and Harold Payne and is sister to Joseph, Violet, Richard, Johnny, Jimmy and Laura Payne. Being the eldest daughter, she carried on the tradition of painting and began for Mbantua Gallery in September of 2000. Bronwyn is known to have a creative flair, having experimented with different mediums, including wood carving and painting on various native seeds used to make necklaces.
Bronwyn grew up at Artekerre (Three Bores) which is in the Utopia Region of Central Australia.
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT
Bronwyn paints the story of the wild tobacco or pituri (Nicotiana spp.). In Bronwyn's language it is called Ngkwerlp. This herb has soft leaves and creamy white, trumpet shaped flowers with two-valved seed capsules. Occurring naturally in Central Australia, it is found plentiful in Bronwyn's home in the Utopia Region, north east of Alice Springs. The leaf of the plant is picked and chewed by the aboriginal people and can also be used for medicinal purposes. In the olden days, and in some areas today, the seeds would be collected and replanted by the aboriginal people.