Bush Seeds by Kathleen Petyarre Acrylic on Linen, Year 2004
Kathleen's interpretation of her Bush Seed Dreaming is distinctive and individual. The Seed has provided a vital food source for Aboriginal people living in remote desert areas for many generations. Cattle grazing, over a fifty-year period, reduced the prolific nature of this grass. Consequently Kathleen is recalling, in her paintings, the time when its seeds were a significant part of the diet of her clan. As such, important dreaming stories developed around this grass and its seed. The seed may seem insignificant to western notions but for the women of Utopia it holds a place of importance.
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