Sugar Bag Story

Paintings

Finalist

Highly commended

Acrylic on linen, 152cm x 122cm

According to Petyarre her paintings of Sugarbag contain ‘all the sweetness of the bush’ – not just the sugar bags themselves, but also the colourful bush grevillea and corkwood flowers that produce the honey, the changing colours of the season, and the travel of the bees across the landscape. In Petyarre’s case, this is landscape of her father’s Alhalkere country of Utopia in the eastern desert, to which the sugar bag Dreaming is associated. 

by Josie Kunoth Petyarre