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"Bush Medicine Leaves" by Caroline Numina

Caroline Numina

"Bush Medicine Leaves" by Caroline Numina


  • 114 x 70 cm in size
  • Painted with acrylic paints on canvas

About Caroline

Caroline Numina is originally from Stirling Station, near Tennant Creek, Northern Territory. She was taught by her aunties Kathleen and Gloria Petyarre, both highly respected artists. She now lives in Darwin.

About the artwork

This painting ‘Bush Medicine Leaves’ depicts the leaves of a special plant that is used to aid in the healing process. 

The leaves are collected and then boiled to extract the resin from the leaves. This resin is then mixed with kangaroo fat collected from the kangaroo’s stomach. This creates a paste that can be stored for up to six months in bush conditions. This medicine is used to heal cuts, wounds, bites, rashes and as an insect repellent. 

By painting about ‘Bush Medicine Dreaming’ Caroline Numina is paying respect to the spirit of the medicine plant in the hope that it will regenerate, enabling the people to use its healing powers.