About the artwork:
In this painting, Lanita paints her original interpretation of the Dingo Dreaming. This story illustrates native Dingoes searching for water; represented by the white dots creating tracks across the painting. Dingo Dreaming’s were often carved on the walls of caves across Australia, exploring the Dingoes relationship between the Indigenous peoples, the land and their fight for survival. Dingoes served as hunting companions for the Indigenous and would also hunt in their own native packs to search for food and water.
Lanita also paints about the traditional women's story of women collecting seeded bush medicine leaves. The medicine is extracted from the leaves by boiling them down to make resin, mixing the resin with animal fats and then applying the paste to wounds.
Lanita Numina is one of the middle sisters of the six well known desert artists: The Numina Sisters. She has two brothers; her dear father is passed on and her widow mum still paints from time to time. Like her sisters Lanita went to primary school on Stirling Station near Tennant Creek. Like her sisters and mother, she comes from a long line of desert painters of the contemporary Aboriginal art and dot-dot central desert movement.
Lanita lived with her mother and aunties on Stirling Station near Ti Tree. She started painting later than her older sisters. Lanita was taught by her older sisters as well as her other sisters she was surrounded by her well renowned painter aunties: Gloria and Kathleen Petyarre, who are well established artists in Alice Springs. Lanita primarily lives with her sisters in Darwin and travels home to visit her mother Barbara Price Mtjimbana or to bring her mother to Darwin to visit them all. The Bush Medicine Leaves Dreaming is a popular theme of the Numina Sisters. Many women from the Petyarre, Mambitji and Numina family name hold custody of themes such as Bush Medicine Leaves, Bush Tucker, Seeded, Soakage, Womens' Ceremony. This is common with other skin groups across the vast arid creek beds and red sand of central Australia. Reinforcing these Dreamings through their artworks gives respect for Country and ancestors. The knowledge must be retold and handed on to younger generations as a part of building one’s cultural identity. The Numina Sisters have all been taught to paint by their artist-grandmothers, mother-auntys, and cousin-sisters connected across the Central Desert region. Their mother's and grandmother's Country are in the bush and remote Stirling Station.