Elizabeth Beasley

Born: Utopia
Community Tangentyere, Alice Springs

About Artist:
Elizabeth Beasley spends her time between her homeland of Utopia and Alice Springs where she paints for the art centre operated with the help of philanthropic funds.

Bush food is a typical subject for paintings by Utopia artists. Elizabeth often paints the story of the bush banana, showing this fruit when it is small and dried. It can only be eaten this way after it has been cooked in hot ashes. The artist collects the bush bananas from Epenarra just north of the Utopia Community in Central Australia. The bananas turn yellow when they are cooked.