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Margaret Scobie / Bush Leaves (1A)

30cm x 30cm Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: DES400a


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Margaret was born into a traditional family at Woola Downs, Northern Territory in 1945. She attended Ross Park Primary in Alice Springs. She now lives in Alice Springs, with her husband Tommy Johnny, daughters Sharon, Sophia and Leanne (all artists) and her son and grandchildren.

Margaret has quickly established herself as an important artist. Her immediate family include International artists – she is first cousin to the well known Gloria Petyarre, Margaret’s mother being Gloria’s father’s full sister and also sister to Emily Kngwarreye (deceased) one of Australia’s most famous artists.

The content of Margaret’s works commenced with the body painting of her Anmatyerre heritage, and she has progressed to paint the subject matter of many of her relatives, the Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming and Bush Leaf Dreaming of the Petyarre extended family. Her artwork is meticulously executed, using a multitude of colours and displaying incredible movement and fine brush stroke technique.

She is a respected member of the artists of Utopia and brings to collectors within Australia and Internationally a further understanding of the rich culture, women’s ceremonies and the highly valued bush tucker and bush leaf medicine of her country.

A wonderful artist whose paintings are represented widely not only for the skill the artist displays, but most definitely for the aesthetically pleasing nature of her works.

Margaret paints the Desert Yam (or Bush Plum) story from her family’s country. The yam grows underground with its viny shrub growing above ground up to one metre high. It is normally found on Spinifex sand plains and produces large flowers after summer rain. The yam is a tuber, or swollen root, of the shrub and tastes much like the common sweet potato. It can be eaten raw or cooked and is still a staple food for the desert aborigines where it can be harvested at any time of the year. It is also renowned for its medicinal properties. This medicine is used to heal cuts, wounds, bites, rashes and as an insect repellent. In this painting, Margaret depicts the leaves of the yam paying homage to the spirit of this special plant in the hope that it will regenerate.

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