Natasha Stevenson - Bush Potato Dreaming (226-17)
Title: Bush Potato Dreaming
Size: 30 x 30 cm
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Stretched and ready to hang.
This dreaming tells about bush yams or potatoes. The trees are green all year round. When the flowers are on the tree the women know that the potatoes are ready to dig for. The women look for long, thin cracks along the ground, made from the vines of the potato plant. The women did where the cracks are. The potatoes are deep in the ground, sometimes more than one meter deep. The women gather them in wooden dishes called parraja in Warlpiri. Bush potatoes are cooked on the coals and have a sweet taste.
Natasha or Leena is a mother of six children. She used to pain with her husband in Balgo, but he passed away. Leena paints stories from her foster father a Warlpiri man. Her traditional lands are in Gurindji areas from her father's side. Leena enjoys being with her other family and friends that also paint at the art centre. When she is not here Leena spends a lot of time with the church ladies, they offer friendship and stability.
The painting comes with a COA and photos of the artist.