Celebrating the artist
Glenda Nangala Briscoe was born in 1971 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. She went to the local primary school before completing her secondary school education in Alice Springs. Glenda has led an active life with family and friends and now has time to concentrate on painting.
She began painting in 2015, with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu. However, it wasn’t until 2020, when she retired, that she was able to commit herself to full-time painting. Glenda paints her Bush Tucker Jukurrpa (dreaming), passed down to her by her mother and all the mothers before them for millennia. Her paintings depict bush tucker, food collected by karnta (women) while out hunting. Many of the foods have their own Jukurrpa (dreaming) associated with them. To represent her mother and her grandmother’s country, Glenda creatively combines colour and patterns to blend traditional motifs with her own ideas of modern design.
The story behind the artwork
This painting depicts bush tucker, food collected by karnta (women) while out hunting. There is a wide variety of traditional food that Warlpiri people continue to gather and consume as a part of their diet. Many of the foods have their own Jukurrpa (dreaming) associated with them. Some of the common bush tucker foods are ngarlkirdi (witchetty grub), wanakiji (bush tomato), yarla (bush potato), janmarda (bush onion), ngarlajiyi (bush carrot), lukarrara (fringe rush seed), and yuparli (bush banana).