Mary Rumble Pitjara - BUSH MEDICINE LEAVES MR1858

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Mary Rumble Pitjara Bush Medicine Leaves Australian Aboriginal Art Painting on canvas MR1858

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Artist: Mary Rumble Pitjara
Skin Name: Pitjara
Born: c.1957
Region: Utopia, Central Australia
Language: Alyawarre
Subjects and Themes(Dreaming): Bush tucker, Awelye, Bush medicine, Kangaroo.

 

ABOUT ARTIST

Mary Rumble Pitjara was born c.1957 at Utopia, regions of Central Australia. Born into an impressive artistic dynasty in the Utopia region of the Central Desert, Mary Rumble Pitjara has learned her craft from the very best.

Art has always been in her blood as her impressive array of exhibited and collected work demonstrates. Unlike many of her contemporaries, who possess only one or two trademark genres, Mary paints in several unique and distinctive styles ranging from the most intricately delicate to powerful renditions. She is the older sister of celebrated artist Katie Rumble Pitjara and her extended family includes her internationally esteemed aunts, Gloria Petyarre and Kathleen Petyarre, aunty to Grace Morton. She spends most of her time in Alice Springs. Mary is a very talented artist. She paints so many styles. Her most common is Bush Seeds Dreaming.

 

 

This painting represents the Leaves that were traditionally used for medicine. This practice was used long before western medicine was introduced to the aboriginal people.

The bush medicine leaves are collected by the women and are highly prized for their restorative powers as part of traditional health practices.

Bush medicine leaves derive from a particular native shrub which grows abundantly in the desert regions of Utopia, north-east of Alice Springs. During the life of the plant, the leaves change colour and exhibit different medicinal properties. The artists who paint this story represent the leaves as they float to the ground, and they employ a range of brush strokes and colours to represent the leaves at different times of the year.

When the leaves of the shrub are green they are gathered by the women and ground up using a stone. Then the medicine leaf compound is mixed with water to form a milky solution, which can be used to cure coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms.

Also the medicine leaves can be collected and boiled to extract the resin, which is then mixed together with kangaroo fat. The paste that is created can be stored for six months in bush conditions. This resulting medicine can then be used to heal cuts, wounds, bites, rashes and spread as an insect repellent.

The bush medicine leaves can also be made into a mixture to apply to aching joints or to place on the temples to cure headaches. Like all aspects of traditional Aboriginal culture, knowledge of bush medicine has been passed down from generation to generation over thousands of years, and is still being used today by the people of Utopia.

In painting the Bush Medicine Leaf story, the artist pays homage to the spirit of the medicinal plant. By creating its image the artist encourages the regeneration of the bush medicine plant, so that her people can continue to benefit from its healing powers.

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