Contemporary Indigenous artist Rhonda Jones celebrates the flowering of the bush honey grevillea in this painting. The grevillea is an important part of their traditional diet and is still enjoyed and celebrated today. The people harvest and consume traditional foods – and to some extent medicines – especially the elders. The plant is especially prolific on Utopia after the winter rains. The flowers contain thick, honey-like nectar which can be sucked directly from the flowers. The Alywarre people also soak the flowers in water to make a sweet cordial-like drink.
Indigenous artist, Rhonda Jones lives on Utopia (Urapuntja) in central Australia with her family and sisters’ families. Her sisters Jilly, Loretta and Rhonda are also artists and work part time at the Utopia school.