Foxholes and Wildflowers, 2008
This painting is part of a body of work that Jeannie painted whilst staying with her mother’s sister, Mitjili Napanangka Gibson, in Alice Springs.
An auntie is a very important relationship in Aboriginal culture as this is how traditional knowledge is passed on with particular emphasis on cultural stories.
The iconography of black shapes depict foxholes. Jeannie remembers a story her father taught her when she was a small girl about foxes and how the father fox teaches the young foxes how to hunt and dig holes and hide. The associated country depicted is close to Mina Mina, in the Tanami Desert where her mother (Balgo artist, Sarah Daniels Napanangka) grew up as a young girl.
The background of this beautiful colourful work depicts wildflowers which are used as a bush medicine when crushed up with water to use as rubbing ointment for burns, scabies etc.