Nola Napangardi Fisher #1555
artist – Nola Napangardi Fisher
community – Central & Western Desert (Warlukurlangu Artists of Yuendumu)
title: Skinny Bush Banana
year painted: 2022
dimensions: 76 x 61cm
medium: Acrylic on canvas
This artwork can be viewed at our Sydney gallery.
About this painting: The skinny bush banana is a twining climber with thin leaves and pink-brown flowers. It is fire tolerant and grows quickly whenever moisture is available. The skinny bush banana dreaming comes from Vaughan Springs, a large waterhole and natural spring to the west of Yuendumu. Nola is one of the traditional custodians of this dreaming.
The women collect the skinny bush banana in their coolamons. They cook it in hot ashes to get rid of the acidic taste that it can have when eaten raw.