Symbols in this painting reflect the Anaty Dreaming. The Anaty is the Alyawarr word for desert yam which is similar to a sweet potato and grows in the wild across Central Australia. Growing up to the size of a human head, this yam was an important food source for the Aboriginal people of Central Australia and is still collected and eaten today.
The linear brush work represents the essence of the yam itself, while the dot work in this painting represents its seed.
About the artist:
Name: Jeannie Mills
Skin name: Pwerl
Language group: Alyawarr
Lives: Utopia, Central Australia