LEAVES depicts the leaves of a particular type of shrub that has medicinal qualities, and Selina, like her aunty Gloria Petyarre, uses a range of different brush strokes to represent the growth of the leaves at certain times of the year. In painting the Bush Medicine Leaf story, Selina pays homage to the spirit of the medicinal plant.
By creating its image she encourages the regeneration of the bush medicine plant, so that her people can continue to benefit from its healing powers. Gloria Petyarre was the Utopia artist who initially developed this style and representation of the Bush Medicine Leaf story and the next generation is continuing in that tradition.
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