Wangunu (Bush Damper) by Fabrianne Nampitjinpa Peterson
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Artist: Fabrianne Nampitjinpa Peterson
Title: Wangunu (Bush Damper Seed)
Region: Mount Liebig, NT
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Artist:Fabrianne Nampitjinpa Peterson was born at Papunya community, west of Alice Springs in 1965. She attended and lived at Yirara College for four years, where she completed Year 10. The acquiring of a good education was very important to Fabrianne, and in 1982 she worked at the local school as a teacher’s aide, as her English was very good. After leaving Yirara she started painting at Mount Liebig which is further west of Papunya, towards Kintore.
Story: This artwork is Fabrianne’s depiction of the Wangunu Seed (Damper Seed) as it is collected by the women in Coolamons. These tiny black seeds are ground into a fine flour and used to make bush damper. As a young girl, Fabrianne was fascinated by the patterns these seeds made in the coolamon as they were filled by the women. To collect the seed, the bush that they come from is shaken into the coolamon so that the loose seeds are released.