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Inawintji Williamson Ultukunpa (honey grevillea)

acrylic on linen

198 x 167.7 cm

Inawintji Williamson was born in 1953 in Pukatja (formerly Ernabella) on the APY Lands in South Australia. She is a bush woman of Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara descent and grew up in Fregon community with her family. Her paintings depict the Tjukurpa (creation story) of the ultukunpa (honey grevillea).

The honey grevillea flower is a favourite bush food of the Aṉangu (people) Pitjantjatjara. Ultukunpa grows in the sandy soils on the plains. The flowers can be picked and placed in a billycan of water to create ‘honeywater’ (cordial) or they can be sucked for their sweet honey dew.

APY Art Centre Collective, 2022