"Usually Abie's bush medicine leaf paintings are found in warm mixes of reds, yellows and white, or in cool, watery blues. It is uncommon to see a pastel-charged piece in pink and purple such as this enchanted piece. This is one of the reasons this piece is featured in Enchanted." - Curator's Picks
In this painting Abie depicts the leaf of the antywerleny (Acacia tenuissima), a type of wattle. The leaves of the antywerleny are crushed and mixed with animal fat for use as a medicinal ointment, or soaked in water to make a medicinal wash. Abie says this particular bush medicine is still made and used by the people of her country today.
“Ikwerthey anter-anem thelem, apernelheyew-anem antywerlenyel”
Then you pour the fat into it and rub yourself with the antywerleny.
Name: Abie Loy Kemarre
Skin name: Kemarre
Language group: Anmatyerre
Area: Utopia Region, Central Australia
Feature: Enchanted Pastel by Abie Loy Kemarre »
Enchanted Exhibition | 10 Nov 2017 - 16 Jan 2018 »