This painting by Anna Pitjara, My Country Yam dreaming, shows the water courses and places where women can collect yams in the northern territory. My Country Yam Dreaming uses very graphic black and white paint to give contrast and draw attention to the important aspects of the painting. the fine red dots illustrate where the ancestors walked to find food.
Anna Pitjara is a Utopia woman from the eastern desert region in Australia. She uses very fine dot painting to paint her story. This painting by Anna Pitjara shows where women collect Yams on country as the Yams are a very important part of the desert diet and provide a good source of protein.
Ann Pitjara paints with intricate dot work using a small paint bottle, carefully dotting the tracks and outlines of the areal view of country. Anna Pitjara’s family also paint the bush food and medicine stories important to the people living in this community and other desert areas in Australia.
Anna Pitjara has become well know for painting her bush yam story and for her skill in executing the intricate patterns she uses for her paintings.
Utopia is a community located about 300 kilometers north east of Alice Springs. The community has produced on of the most well know indigenous artists, Emily Kame Kngwarre.