Jeannie Mills Pwerl - Anaty 120x90cm
Mainie Australia - Anaty Painting
Artwork Name: Anaty
Artist: Jeannie Mills Pwerl
Size: 120cm x 90cm loose canvas
Item Code: 10198
Jeannie paints the Anaty (Desert Yam or Bush Potato, Ipomoea Costata) story from her fathers country, Irrwelty in Alyawarr land North East of Alice Springs.
This yam grows underground with its viny shrub growing above ground up to 1 metre high. It is normally found on spinifex sand plains and produces large pink flowers after summer rain. The anaty is a tuber, or swollen root, of the shrub and tastes much like the common sweet potato. It can be eaten raw or cooked and is still a staple food for the desert aborigines where it can be harvested at any time of the year. Some can be found as big as a person’s head.
In this painting, Jennie depicts the seek of anaty (dot work), the anaty and its flower (brush work).