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Artist: Selina Numina
Title: Seeded Medicine Leaves
Language: Anmatyerre / Utopia NT
Medium: Acrylic on cotton canvas
Size: 143x93 cm
This painting illustrates the Bush Medicine Leaves. The Bush Medicine Plant is an Australian native that grows wild in Central Australia. Women go to different places around Utopia to collect leaves from these plants. Back at the camp, the leaves are boiled to extract the resin. Kangaroo fat is mixed into the resin, creating a paste that can be stored for a long time in bush conditions. This medicine is used to heal cuts, wounds, bites, rashes and acts as an insect repellent.
By painting about "Bush Medicine", Selina is paying homage to the spirit of the medicine plant in the hope that it will regenerate, enabling the people to continue to benefit from its healing properties.
Selina Numina was born in March 1978 in Stirling Station in the region of Utopia, Central Desert. She attended school in Stirling Station, a cattle station near Tennant Creek where she began painting at a young age, taking guidance from her world-famous aunties Gloria and Kathleen Petyarre. She later studied at Yirara College in Alice Springs. After her studies, she returned to Stirling Station working with the Community Development Program. In 2000 the Numina family moved to Darwin where they still live today.
Selina shares many totems including the Bush Medicine Plant and she expresses their connection to the plant.
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