A rare and insightful talk with this award winning and enigmatic artist.
Dale: Did anyone teach you about the bush medicine, that alpeyt?
Gloria: Mum. Long time. Mum was taking them kangaroo fat and echidna fat. We been mixing them up.
Dale: What did you do with the alpeyt? Crush it?
Gloria: Mm, yew and do this. [gestures over her face and head]
Dale: So was it bush medicine?
Gloria: We didn’t grow up with lollies, soft drink, nothing. We grow up with bush tucker. Ntang seed and ntyerrm, corkwood and rock [muffled]. And yam and sugarbag. Kangaroo, Emu, Turkey, Goanna, Echidna. We been living with that one.
Dale: Back to this alpeyt, bush medicine.
Gloria: Yew yew, alpeyt.
Dale: Why do you put it on your hair?
Gloria: Make it smell, for colds.
Dale: I got it, kind of like Vicks, where you put it on your chest for the smell?
Gloria: Yeah like Vicks. Yeah!
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My Mother's Country is our final exhibition of the year, revealing twelve new works by Betty Mbitjana.
2 Oct - 14 Dec