Barbara Weir (BW-1000) – Grass Seed (124cm x 129cm)

Barbara Weir (BW-1000) – Grass Seed (124cm x 129cm)


Acrylic on Linen

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SKU: BW-1000
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Artist: Barbara Weir
Painting: Grass Seed
Size: 124cm x 129cm
Medium: Acrylic on Linen

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Barbara Weir's mother was the renowned artist Minnie Pwerle and her father was the Irish station owner, Jack Weir. Barbara was taken from her family and fostered out as one of the 'Stolen Generation' but in the 1960's Barbara returned to Utopia and stayed in the dynamic community of artists at Utopia with her aunt Emily Kame Kngwarreye, who was a significant inspiration in her career as an artist. Emily's work had a profound impact on her and in the early 1990's she began to seriously explore her artistic talents and developed her iconic grass seed style. In the Utopia Region, there are many varieties of grasses to be found. One such type is found in the spinifex sand plains and sand hills that produce a seed that is collected, crushed and made into a paste to produce bread. This grass can grow up to 15cm high and is reddish in colour. The Aboriginal people collected these seeds in a most unusual way. Due to the seeds ripening at different stages, many would fall to the ground and be covered by sand. The Aboriginal people would look for the nesting site of a particular ant that collected the seeds, ate a certain portion and discarded the rest. The discarded seeds would be found in a pile just outside then nest, where it was collected, cleaned and then ground into a thick paste. These seeds were an important source of food and were collected by the women of the community.