While Gloria began painting Leaves because her Awelye (body paint) paintings began to look like 'leaves scattered on the ground', she is known to have attributed many of her subsequent paintings to medicinal leaves.
It was her mother who taught her how to make a medicinal ointment from these leaves. She would take fat from kangaroos and echidnas and mix it with crushed medicinal leaves.
"Mum was taking the kangaroo fat, and echidna [fat]. We been mixing 'em up".
The ointment was applied to their face and their hair so that its powerful aroma would linger and aid in the relief of colds.
- Exhibition excerpt
This painting represents leaves, some of which have medicinal qualities. This style by Gloria Petyarre is one of the most prestigious styles in Australian art, winning her the acclaimed Wynne Prize in 1999.
This subject does not pertain to stories from Gloria’s culture, but is an original idea created by Gloria.
“That first one. I was looking, looking. Looks like leaf, and I been put another one and another one and ‘ah yeah’. First leaf” - Gloria Petyarre
Featured in Bush Medicine Exhibition
Name: Gloria Tamerre
Skin name: Petyarre (also spelled Pitjara)
Language group: Anmatyerre
Region: Utopia, Central Australia
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