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MB052988

Soakage and Bush Medicine

Medium
Acrylic on Canvas
Size
150 x 90cm
Year Painted
2017
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Soakage and Bush Medicine

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Artist Profile

Rosie Pwerle Born: c. 1950's Language Group: Anmatyerre Country: Ahalper…

Artist Profile

Rosie Pwerle

Born: c. 1950's

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Country: Ahalpere, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk

Subjects: Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Country, Arwengerrp (Bush Turkey), Soakage, Bush Medicine, Anwekety (Conkerberry)

Rosie began painting for Mbantua Gallery in 1999 and comes from a large extended family of artists. Her sister, Lena Pwerle is also a painter and senior custodian of their country. Rosie has two daughters, Julie Pengarte and Amy Napangardi, both of whom are artists.

Initially Rosie worked in the medium of batik along with over eighty other women from the Utopia Region in Central Australia. Her work in batik is featured in 'Utopia – A Picture Story, the Robert Holmes á Court Collection'.

In October 2017, Rosie spent two weeks at Mbantua Workshop with her sister Lena, and Lena's daughter Nora, where they painted their unique designs and stories. Rosie currently lives in Utopia region and occasionally spends time with her grandson in Alice Springs.

Collections

The Robert Holmes á Court Collection, Perth

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

Exhibitions

1990 Utopia – A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Robert Holmes á Court Collection by Utopia Artists which toured Eire and Scotland
2002 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR
2003 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T, Australia
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland, Oregon; Art from the Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Hartford, Greenwich and New York

Further References

Brody, A. 1990, Utopia – A Picture Story, The Robert Holmes á Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth

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Artist Name:
Rosie Pwerle
Artwork Size:
150 x 90cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted:
2017
Title:
Soakage and Bush Medicine
Free Shipping Worldwide!:
This painting on canvas will be shipped in a cylinder to you free of charge, worldwide! An option to have this painting 'stretched' onto a wooden frame may be available. If selected, further charges will apply and will be calculated at checkout.

Description

Rosie depicts soakages that dot her land in the Utopia Region. Many of these soakages all dried and used up now but long ago they had plenty of water in them, even when she was growing up, providing her people with a much needed water supply. With their intimate knowledge of the land, Rosie's people knew how and where to find them in their harsh desert environment. Rosie said

'Blue ones, plenty water. black, no water, empty.'

In this painting, Rosie also paints the Bush Medicine Plant. There are different types of bush medicine in the Central Desert. In the 'olden days' the leaves and the seeds of this plant were gathered, ground and mixed with animal fat (today a commercial oil is used) and it is then used as an ointment, or boiled in water for medicinal use. Dot work represents the bush medicine seeds. Oval shaped designs represent coolamons (full of bush medicine leaves and seeds) which are typical instruments used for collecting many bush foods.

Located at
Mbantua Alice Gallery (MGA)

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