Djendek (sand palm)
circa 1939 - 2003
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
etching, black ink on white wove paper
49.1 x 32.3 cm platemark; 71.5 x 53.9 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r. beneath platemark, pencil "X". Not dated.
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2004
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Crossing country: the alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Sep 2004–12 Dec 2004
Referenced in 1 publication
Hetti Perkins, Crossing country: the alchemy of western Arnhem Land art, Sydney, 2004, 151 (colour illus.), 224.