Passion Fruit Dreaming Blue by Mary Nabarulla
Mary Nabarulla is a proficient Aboriginal artist in Northern Terriotory of Australia. She inherited Passion Fruit Dreaming from her parents. Aboriginal name of Passion Fruit in the Arrernte Language of Central Australia is “Merne arrutnenge” Bush passion fruit is a climbing vine with a thin stem and broad leaves that are covered in little hairs. During wet season it produces little smelly flowers that are pale purple-white. The ripe yellow fruit is very much edible. Inside the fruit, there is lot of small black seeds covered in cloud membrane. When the seeds are crushed, it tastes hot and spicy. Wild passion fruits are grown abundantly in riverbank in the desert. Nabarulla’s depiction of Passion Fruit in her artwork is bold, neat, vivid and masterly. Women are sitting around with digging stick and coolamon in picturesque atmosphere.