Selina was born in 1978 and is the daughter of Barbara Price Mbtitjana who is an elder painter and cultural elder from Stirling Station. Selina has five sisters, Jacinta, Lanita, Louise, Caroline, and Sharon Numina, who are also well-respected artists from Utopia. Selina, along with her sisters and brothers were sent to boarding school in Darwin as no secondary schooling was available in Tennant Creek, 500kms north of Alice Springs. The family now live in Darwin and often travel back to Ti Tree and Stirling Station in the north Utopia region near Tennant Creek.
Selina’s family come from a long line of desert artists of contemporary Aboriginal art including world-renowned aunties: Gloria and Kathleen Petyarre, who are well-established artists. Many women from the Petyarre, Mambitji and Numina family name hold custody of the Dreaming’s such as Bush Medicine Leaves, Bush Tucker, Seeded, Soakage, Womens’ Ceremony etc.
The Bush Medicine Leaves Dreaming is a popular theme of the Numina Sisters. Many women from the Petyarre, Mabitji, and Numina family name hold custody of bush medicine leaves, bush tucker, seeded, soakage, and women's ceremony dreamings.
About the artwork
This painting illustrates 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", Selina 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.