Indigenous Australian art from the Northern Territory by the renowned Petyarre (Pitjari) and Numina families, and the exceptional Mutjili Napurrula. Curated by Sandra Conte
Indigenous Australian art from the Northern Territory by the Petyarre (Pitjari) and Numina families, and the exceptional Mitjili Napurrula.
A presentation of the bush medicine leaves subject matter depicted by established, world-renowned artist Jeannie Pitjari of the Seven sisters Pitjari and the next generation of six nieces in the Numina family. These potent works convey the beauty and healing properties of the bush medicine leaves gathered and prepared by Aboriginal women of their area to aid in the easing and healing of multiple ailments.
Juxtaposed are the iconic trees of Mitjili Napurrula, a Pintupi woman from the Haasts Bluff region in the Northern Territory. Mitjili paints her Father’s country Uwalki, its sandhills, bushes and the trees which supplied the wood for the men to produce their hunting spears. Her works are often titled Watiya Tjuta and relate to men’s wooden objects. The Tjukurrpa or Dreaming of this painting concerns the making of spears, an important aspect of men’s business. Mitjili’s distinctive style has gained her a strong following within Australia and internationally with regular sellout exhibitions. Mitjili’s work has previously been included in the exhibition Spirit Country: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art at the Fine Arts Museum of
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