(Australia circa 1939 – 2003)
49.1 x 32.3 cm platemark; 71.5 x 53.9 cm sheet
The artist has depicted a djendek or sand palm (Livistona humilis). The palm heart is a popular food when the palm is still very young - the palm is cut down at the top and the juicy, inner heart peeled out. It has a sweet taste. The djendek leaves are also stripped of their outer layers, and then dyed and used in weaving.
from Hetti Perkins et al., 'Crossing country: the alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2004
Hetti Perkins, Crossing country: the alchemy of western Arnhem Land art, Sydney, 2004, 151 (colour illus.), 224.
Crossing country: the alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Sep 2004–12 Dec 2004