Bush Leaves or Bush Medicine Dreaming by Abie Loy Kemarre
Acrylic on Linen, Year 2017
Abie painted this artwork whilst visiting our Gallery in Southport on the Gold Coast. The painting was painted on the stretched linen and can be delivered that way on request. Usually we dispatch paintings rolled into a tube at no charge but we can deliver it stretched as well with the painting ready to hang at an additional cost of about AUD120.
Story of the painting:
The bush leaves depicted in this painting are from a particular bush which grows in a swamp close to the sand hills around Utopia in Central Australia. The leaves are collected by the women and boiled. Kangaroo fat is added and mixed into a paste which is used as bush medicine to treat a variety of ailments. Mixed with water it is drunk as a cure for headaches and colds. Through skilful use of colour and form the eye is drawn across a network of interconnected shapes, thus creating an optical illusion of the movement of leaves blowing across the Dreaming landscape.
Abie in the middle, Gloria Petyarre on the left with myself (Werner)
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