#37 Medicine Leaves - LOUISE NUMINA : Utopia Aboriginal Art : 143 X 106cm
ARTISTS: Louise Numina
LANGUAGE: Amnatajerre / Kaytetye - Utopia North Central Desert region
TITLE: Medicine Leaves
MEDIUM: Painting - acrylic on canvas
Medicine Leaves, Seeded Bush Yam, Bush Leaves, Kurrajong Seeding and Seeds Dreaming are a variant on the Bush Medicine Leaves theme of the Numina Sisters' stunning and flamboyant paintings series.
The Bush Medicine Leaves Dreaming healing knowledge story is a popular theme series of the Numina Sisters. Many women from the central Australia Utopia regions hold custody of Bush Medicine Leaves in common.
Bush medicine leaves - the aromatic turpentine antiseptic variety depicted in this painting - are used for relieving colds, flus, 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 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.
Louise is one of six sisters and three brothers. She went to primary school at Stirling Station, near Tennant Creek. She later studied at Yirara College in Alice Springs. When she returned to Stirling Station she worked with a Community Development Program in 1981 and was taught to paint by her Aunties, renowned artists Gloria and Kathleen Petyerre from Utopia.
Louise moved to Darwin in 1995 where she studied at Nungalinya College and attended Northern Territory University (now CDU) where she gained a diploma in fine arts.
Louise’s work has featured in exhibitions in Darwin and Sydney and her work has been collected internationally by art lovers, institutions and collectors for over 15 years.
See Louise Numina's 'Profile & Collections' page for further information.