My Country, 2008
This work by Kathleen is about “My Country” and the ‘Anwekety’. This Dreaming story belongs to Kathleen’s country, Ahalpere. The painting depicts the “conkerberry” also known as the “bush plum”.
Known as anwekety by the Anmatyerre people north of Alice Springs, the conkerberry or conkleberry, is a sweet black berry fruit that grows on the plant Carissa lanceolata, developing from a fragrant white flowers that blooms after rain. It ripens from green to purple then black. The fruit looks similar to a plum, which is why it is often referred to in English as bush plum. The berries are collected when ripe, stored dry, soaking them in water again before eating.
The plant also has medicinal properties: the orange inner bark from the roots is soaked in water and used as a medicinal wash, particularly for skin and eye conditions. The thorns on the shrub can be used to cure warts.
The first two images are of the painting by Kathleen Ngala hung in either orientation, horizontally or vertically, followed by a couple of closeup shots.