Sugar Bag Story

Paintings

Finalist

Highly Commended
Acrylic on linen, 200cm x 200cm
 
The term ‘sugar bags’ is used to describe the sweet honey made by one of around 14 species of native stingless bees found across Australia. As a visual motif, it is one of the most variable and iconic in Australian Indigenous art. For thousands of years, sugar bags have adorned the faces of rock-art sites in the Kimberley, Arnhem Land and the Central Desert.

by Josie Kunoth Petyarre