In this painting, Polly depicts the bush-plum, Terminalia ferdinandiana. This is a small deciduous tree found in northwestern Australia. During the wet season extending from January through March, the plant produces small plum-like fruits that look and taste much like gooseberries.
These tart, green, heart-shaped fruit that grow throughout the Northern Territory and Western Australia, have for many years been a seasonal staple of the local Aboriginal diet. Also known as the Kakadu or billy goat plum, it has a very high content of vitamin C, in fact holds the World Record. It’s full of antioxidants, folic acid and iron. Apart from eating it, the aboriginal people pound the fruit and use it as an antiseptic and a soothing balm for aching limbs.
Polly Ngale belongs to the oldest living generation of Utopia women and is considered one of the most accomplished painters to have worked there during the past twenty years. Polly's artistic career began in the late 1970s when she, like many of the women in Utopia, began working with silk batik before venturing into works on canvas. Polly is one of the most senior custodians of her cou . . .