‘Parwalla’

Elizabeth Nyumi’s lucious painting depicts the country known as Parwalla, which is Nyumi’s father’s country.

Painting by Elizabeth Nyumi, 'Parwalla', 900 x 600 mm, Acrylic on linen, © The Artist & Warlayirti ArtistsSee this painting in Berlin at ‘SUN FLYING’, A Bright Australian Desert Art Exhibition

This country is far to the south of Balgo in the Great Sandy Desert, west of Kirirrkurra, and is dominated by ‘tali’ (sand hills). Parwalla is a large swampy area, which fills with water after the wet season rain and, consequently, produces an abundance of bush foods.

The majority of Nyumi’s painting shows the different bush foods, including ‘kantjilyi’ (bush raisins), ‘pura’ (bush tomato) and ‘minyili (seed). Women, shown as the ‘U’ shapes, with their ‘wana’ (digging sticks) and ‘coolamons’ gathering the foods are also present. The whitish colours, which dominate the painting, represent the spinifex that grows strong and seeds after the wet season rains.

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