Soakage and Bush Medicine SP7788-Rosie Pwerle

Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 30cm
Year Painted


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Soakage and Bush Medicine SP7788-Rosie Pwerle

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.

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