Fox Holes and Wildflowers, 2008
The artist has also added elements of 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 country depicted is her mother’s country, close to Mina Mina, in the Tanami Desert.
Although normally based in Balgo with her mother (artist Sarah Daniels), 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 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.