Bush Medicine Leaf by Abie Loy Kemarre

Abie Loy Kemarre
Size: 180cm x 180cm
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on belgian linen
Code: WMB045521

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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.

Artist: Abie Loy Kemarre
Skin name: Kemarre  
Language group: Anmatyerre
Country: Ahalpere
Area: Utopia Region, Central Australia
Born: 1972

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