"This painting is about may kom (sandpaper fig tree). It's a bush medicine tree that has many different uses. One of these uses in for fixing sore bellies. You crush up the leaves and cook on an open fire. After that, you drink this medicine and it fixes you right up! May Kom also has really tasty figs. You can eat these during Onchan Min season (dry season)."
Heather Koowootha is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the mediums of printmaking, sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics, and weaving. Born in Cairns, Heather spent parts of her childhood in Aurukun and the “top end” village, learning from her old people. Her father and grandmother were Wik Mungkan, and her Yidinji/Kuganji mother was a Traditional Owner from Yarrabah and Gordenvale. Heather’s works continue to be inspired by their histories and teachings.
HEATHER KOOWOOTHA | ''Onchan Min - Dry Season (hunting and collecting)' | Acrylic paint, binder medium and ochres on linen
Details: 102 (h) x 153 (w) cm