Born in the 1940’s, Rosemary was one of a group of Anmatyerre women at the forefront of the art movement in the Utopia area.
Rosemary’s artistic career began with her involvement in the making of batik in Utopia. She was amongst a small group of women who travelled to Indonesia to learn various techniques in the manufacturing of batiks. It was after the “summer project” sponsored by the CAAMA network in 1998, that Rosemary spread her wings and started painting with acrylics on canvas and linen. Her works vary form traditional iconography to the more contemporary styles of the Utopian region.
About the artwork
In this painting, Rosemary paints the Bush Medicine Leaves. The Bush Medicine Plant is an Australian native that grows wild in Central Australia. Women go to different places around Utopia to collect leaves from these plants. Back at the camp the leaves are boiled to extract resin. Kangaroo fat is mixed into the resin, creating a paste that can be stored for a long time in bush conditions. This medicine is used to heal cuts, wounds, bites, rashes and acts as an insect repellent.
By painting about "Bush Medicine", Rosemary is paying homage to the spirit of the medicine plant in the hope that it will regenerate, enabling the people to continue to benefit from its healing properties.