In this painting, Ally 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.
Ally began painting during the CAAMA - A Summer Project of 1988/89 when acrylic painting was introduced to her home region of Utopia. Though far from prolific, Ally steadily painted up until her death in 2007. Her simplistic paintings reflect the Anwekety; small black conkerberries that grow after good rain. They are found abundantly in certain areas of Utopia, particularly where she ca . . .