Shakira Petrick Mills Petyarre - Anaty 60x45cm
Mainie Australia - Anaty Painting
Artwork Name: Anaty
Artist: Shakira Petrick Mills Petyarre
Size: 60cm x 45cm loose canvas
Item Code: 10202
Shakira paints Anaty (Desert Yam or Bush Potato, Ipomoea costata) story from her mothers country, Irrwelty, 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 ray 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, making this a very important food source in the harsh Australian Desert.
In this painting, Shakira depicts the seed of the anaty (dot work) and the root system of the yam (brush work and beautiful colours).