An exhibition of ochre paintings, ceramics, prints and textiles by Miriwoong artist Gloria Mengil from Waringarri Arts in the Kimberly. The images represent her favourite bush tucker (bush plum and bush peanut), and evoke memories of the nostalgic joy of gathering these foods as a child with her family.
In her work Gloria depicts ‘Bush Peanut’ and ‘Bush Plum’- a favourite bush tucker she gathered as a child. Bush peanuts are plentiful throughout the year, although “…you need to know where to find them… They are delicious when roasted on hot coals.” “Bush plums are everywhere during the wet season and are eaten raw…. They are also good for making into a bush jam.”
The abundance of bush foods, now compromised by agricultural expansion in the region, means Gloria now rarely eats these traditional bush tucker. Her lyrical, intricate depictions are a nostalgic celebration of bush tucker collecting and a hope that these nuts and fruits can be protected for future generations to enjoy.
In early 2016 Waringarri Aboriginal Arts embarked on a creative partnership with Jam Factory Contemporary Craft in Adelaide. These quality, hand thrown plates of terracotta and stoneware blend, glazed then fired with Gloria Mengil’s unique decal design, individually developed for each plate, are one of the fruitful results of this exciting collaboration. My Favourite Bush Tucker 2017 are microwave, dishwasher and oven safe.
Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, situated at the heart of Miriwoong Country in Kununurra, is the first wholly indigenous owned art centre established in the Kimberley and one of the oldest continuously operating art centres in Australia supporting economic independence for artists and their community.
View works on the online gallery