Medicine Leaves - SELINA NUMINA : Utopia Aboriginal Art SIZE: 69 cm x 92 cm
LANGUAGE: Amnatajerre / Kaytetye - North Utopia 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.
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.
Selina was born in 1978 and attended school in Kormilda College in Darwin.
Selina is one of six sisters and two brothers. Her Mother is Barbara Price Mbitjana from Tenant Creek who is also an artist. Selina’s Father, now passed was from Utopia. The story of the Medicine leaves that Selina paints is her Father’s story.
Selina has been painting for galleries across the Country for over seven years.
Her works have been purchased by art lovers and collectors and she has had works as a collaborative Exhibition in Cairns in 2010. Selina paints many stories from her family and is a strong teacher to the next generation. Selina teaches her Nieces to paint.
See Selina Numina's Collections profile for further information on the artist, her sister artists and Selina's other art-series paintings for sale.