Medicine Leaves (blue)- JULIE-ANN PEPPERILL : Ti Tree Aboriginal Art SIZE: 91cm X 92cm
ARTISTS: Julie-Ann Pepperill
LANGUAGE: Anmatyerr/Warlpiri - Ti Tree North Central Desert region
TITLE: Medicine Leaves
MEDIUM: Painting - acrylic on canvas
Julie-Ann is related to the Numina sisters through marriage to their brother Paul. Her beautiful gentle strokes of the Bush Medicine Leaves is indicative of the Central Desert women paintings.
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 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.