Language Group: Anmatyerre
Country: Mulga Bore/Bushy Park, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Wood Sculptures
Subjects: Atnyerlenge (Native Fuchsia), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Bush foods, Mulga Story
Anna is daughter to June Bird and Johnny Tilmouth. She is also the granddaughter to well known Utopia artist Ada Bird Petyarre (deceased). Anna has grown up with a strong tradition of painting. She has accompanied her grandmother on trips to Melbourne and is showing a confidence in her own painting style, often experimenting with new designs.
In 2000 Anna spent time at Camel camp in the Utopia region where wood carving was once prolific. During this time Anna made some wood creations of her own.
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT
Anna paints the story of the Atnyerlenge plant. The atnyerlenge (native fuchsia) has beautiful red flowers and is found in Anna's country. In this painting Anna depicts the flowers of this plant and its seeds (dot work).
The atnyerlenge is an important plant in Anna's country because of the sweet honey found in its flowers. The honey is usually sucked straight from the flower.
Anna said, 'We boil the leaves in water and crush. Good bush medicine. Good for itchy, cough, sore and headache. We use boiled water (it's green) for wash.'