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Roseanne Morton Petyarre/ Bush Medicine Leaves (RM129)

30cm x 30cm Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: RM129

$170.00

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Roseanne Morton Petyarre is a talented emerging artist in the world of contemporary aboriginal art. She was born in 1984 at Boundary Bore in Utopia, approx. 280km north east of Alice Springs, Northern Territory and had a traditional upbringing, attending school at Utopia so she could stay close to family.
 
Roseanne’s mother is renowned artist Gracie Morton Pwerle. Gracie started to paint on batik in the 1980’s along with her mother Myrtle Petyarre and Aunties Gloria, Kathleen, Violet, Nancy and Ada Bird Petyarre (all international artists).
 
Roseanne learnt from a young age the art of painting her dreamings, ceremonies and important bush foods onto canvas by watching her mother, aunties and grandmothers.
 
Roseanne continues to live at Utopia with her husband, Papunya artist, James Morris, and their two children. A lovely lady with immense talent, this third generation artist will no doubt have a long and successful career.
 

Roseanne 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, Roseanne 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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