Top 50 (2007)
featuring works by Aboriginal artists from
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Gloria Petyarre Bush Medicine Leaves 2006
Acrylic on Italian linen 1220 x 1220mm SOLD
Bush Medicine Dreaming depicts the leaves of a special plant that is used to aid in the healing process. The leaves are collected and boiled to extract the resin from the leaves. After this the resin is mixed with kangaroo fat collected from the kangaroo's stomach. This creates a paste that can be stored for up to six months in bush conditions. This medicine is used to heal cuts, wounds, bites, rashes and as an insect repellent. By painting about "Bush Medicine Dreaming" the artist is paying homage to the spirit of the medicine plant in the hope that it will regenerate enabling the people to use its healing powers. Gloria explains this aspect of her artistry and culture vividly in the documentary "Two Thirds Sky" that is available from Film Australia.