Bush Medicine Leaves
Artist: Gloria Tamerre Petyarre
Title: Bush Medicine Leaves
Size: 40 x 40 cm
Med: Acrylic on Canvas
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The subtle brush strokes throughout Gloria’s painting represents leaves scattered on the ground.
Early in 1994 Gloria had new inspiration for her paintings. Whilst walking around her country with her uncle Harper Morris Tjungarrayi (now deceased) they observed the wonderful movement of patterns that could be seen in the dried leaves that were lying on the ground and moving gently with the breeze. These leaves were from a variety of vegetation that grows in the area. Some were from trees and large shrubs, others from the smaller flowering annuals that flourish after a season of good rain. Gloria explains, “Anyone can see them just lying there on the ground. Some of them are from the trees and some from little bushes. Some of them are bush medicine leaves”.
In this painting Gloria has depicted the bush medicine leaves, leaves of a special plant that is used to aid in the healing process. Women collect these leaves from around Utopia and then boil them to extract resin which can be mixed with Kangaroo fat to be stored and used later to heal cuts, wounds, bites, rashes and also act as an insect repellent.