Grass Seed

Artist
Barbara Weir
Price
$6,500
Size
900x1500
Medium
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
Region
Utopia
About

Year: 2020

This work depicts the grass which was found at Utopia until the introduction of cattle grazing in the early 20th century.

The grass is important to the Aboriginal people because its seeds were ground up to make flour.

The seeds fell to the ground and were difficult to see, so the Aboriginal people would look for the nesting site of a particular ant. This ant would eat a certain part of the seed then discard the rest. The seeds would be found in a pile outside their nest, the women would collect them clean them and grind them into a flour, which would then be used to make bread.

Due to the availability of ready made bread this practice is no longer common, but the Dreeaming for the grass seed has been passed to Barbara from her anscestors and is important to her people.

Painting comes with COA and photo of artist holding completed work

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