Bush Medicine Leaves by Bernadine Johnson

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90 x 146cm

This piece is able to be hung both portrait and landscape orientation.


Bernadine Kemarre was born in 1974 in the Ltyentye Apurte Community (Santa Teresa), approx. 80km east of Alice Springs, Northern Territory and had a traditional upbringing before attending school in Alice Springs.Bernadine comes from a family of famous artists including Abie Loy and Josie Petrick Kemarre that have emerged from the Utopia area in the NT. Her sister-in-law is Anna Price Petyarre, one of the most sought after Central Desert artists. She learnt from a young age the art of painting her Dreamings, ceremonies and important bush foods and medicines onto canvas.

Collecting bush medicine leaves has always been part of Aboriginal culture. The collection of leaves and plants is primarily done by the women and considered part of their secret women's business. The leaves are often cooked down and mixed into animals fats, then applied to ailments from rashes to colds and muscle aches. Bernadine Kemarre Johnson paints these leaves drying on the ground through her delicate and rhythmic brush strokes. Bernadine fills the space between the leaves with tiny white dots indicative of the plant seeds also used for medicinal purposes.

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