Medicine Leaves (kingfisher)- CAROLINE NUMINA : Utopia Aboriginal Art SIZE: 88 cm x 148 cm
LANGUAGE: Amnatajerre / Kaytetye - Utopia Central Desert region
TITLE: Medicine Leaves (painted in the colours of the Kingfisher)
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.
The Numina Sisters' bright and colourful bush medicine leaf paintings depict the different combinations of leaves used and how the leaves look different throughout the seasons or how they have fallen like a forest floor or been gather up or in close focus. Or how the seeds have fallen and separated from the leaves. The brushstrokes flow with the leaf shape pattern or the soft wind blowing them across the bare red dirt. The Numina Sisters all have a unique expression within the overall Bush Medicine Leaves style. Bush Medicine Leaves vivid sometimes flamboyant, sometimes subtle, sometimes even intense contemporary play of the palette gives uplift to the onlooker and the room.
Caroline Numina was born in 1971 and brought up in both Utopia and Stirling station. Her Father’s Country is in Utopia, as he was the brother of famous artists Gloria and Kathleen Petyarre who taught Caroline to paint.
Caroline and her husband Daniel Pula Turner have six children and live most of the time in Darwin. They still travel regularly to the desert to see family and teach their children.
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