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Cat.No: #9674
Bessie Malarvie
Jalbarr- Bush Tomato
Natural Earth Pigments on Canvas Board
23 x 30 cm
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This work, as part of Cooee’s Christmas show, is available for sale from 3pm 27th November. If you are unable to make it to the opening, simply register your interest via email at or call +61 2 9300 9200. If you would like to send through a 'wish list' of works in preference order and specify how many works in total you want, we will print this out, fold it in half and at 3pm we will begin to pull one list out at a time. We will endeavour to get you the work of your choosing but are unable to guarantee this.

Bessie Malarvie’s desert country near Lake Gregory to the south of the Kimberley region becomes a garden abundant with bush foods. Jalbarr - the bush tomato twists and turns in pathways across the open sands during the wet season rains. The ground covering vines flower and seed sending forth fruit that is gathered during the dry weather. “You can smell its sweetness all around,” says Bessie. “It is ready to eat. You take out the seeds and cook them in the coals with bush turkey”. Jalbarr – the bush tomato has provided for thousands of years - rich in life giving sustenance. Bessie’s images of Jalbarr are a repeated motif of fleshy fruit overlaid with delicate seeds.