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Artist: Caroline Numina
Title: Bush Medicine Leaves
Language: Amnatajerre / Kaytetye - Utopia NT
Medium: Acrylic on cotton canvas
Size: 142.5x48 cm
This painting illustrates the Bush Medicine Leaves. The Bush Medicine Plant is an Australian native that grows wild in Central Australia. The aromatic turpentine antiseptic variety depicted in this painting is used for relieving colds, flu, breathing issues and such. It is most often boiled and the resin used in various ways including inhalation or mixed with kangaroo fat and rubbed onto aching bones and sores. The leaves can also be used to wrap around infected wounds to keep clean and reduce pain using a natural made string and bark to hold it on. The plant contains antiseptic properties and smells similar to eucalyptus and mixed herbs. It is still used widely today and also features in modern healing or cleansing mainstream gatherings such as premises smokings
Born in 1975 at Stirling Station which is Anmatyerre country near Alice Springs and Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory of Australia and educated in Alice Springs, Caroline began painting in 1981, under the direction of two of our most famous Australian Artists, her aunties Kathleen and Gloria Petyarre.
One of six girls, they were taught the traditional stories by their relatives, and with her sisters Lanita and Louise, Caroline relocated to Darwin in 1995 where she remains today with her husband Daniel Pula Turner and their four children, living close to her sisters Lanita, Jacinta, Louise and Sharon, all artists in their own right.
She paints the stories of her heritage, including bush tucker and bush medicine dreaming, mountain devil lizard dreaming, honey ant, emu and kangaroo dreaming in exquisite detail and striking colours.
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