Thorny Devil Lizard Dreaming - CAROLINE NUMINA : Utopia Aboriginal Art SIZE: 80 cm x 140 cm
LANGUAGE: Amnatajerre / Kaytetye - North Utopia Central Desert region
TITLE: Thorny Devil Lizard Dreaming
MEDIUM: Painting - acrylic on canvas.
This is the story of the Thorny Devil Lizard.
The dots represent the thorny skin and the tracks the Lizard makes as it crosses the desert in search of food and water. The different colours reflect how the lizard changes its skin colour with the changing temperature of the sun and when under threat.
Not only does the Thorny Devil Lizard make good eating, because of its spines it makes an ideal hairbrush.
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.
The women collect the Bush Medicine leaves from around the central desert area. The leaves are then boiled in a large tin bucket. The leaves are good for treating the flu, headache, backache, upset stomach and chest pains, where the leaves are firmly pressed against the persons back or chest repeatedly. For cuts and bruises the leaves are boiled longer until the oils float then, it is mixed with an animal fat then applied to the wounds.
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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