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Artist profile: Selina Kamprina

The Story behind the artwork:

Women’s paintings often depict a topographical view of their country with stories related to women’s business, or initiation ceremony for women. The women may be past initiates, or young women awaiting instruction from older women. Initiates are taught their roles as nurturers of the land and keepers of the law by which life’s rules and regulations are set. Other stories involve bush medicine, seed dreaming and fire dreaming. Ceremonies always involve song, dance and body decoration. The ownership, management and performance are dependent upon knowledge and status. Bush Melon Seed comprises large and small patches or circles of colour strewn across the canvas. Both these Dreamings tell the story of the sweet bush tucker that comes from a very small bush and is only found in Atnwengerrp. Bodypainting carries deep spiritual significance for the Aboriginal people. This painting depicts the body paint design shown on their breasts.

The Bush Medicine Plant is an Australian native that grows wild in Central Australia. Women collect leaves from these plants; 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 and rashes. It is also used to treat the flu, headache, backache, upset stomach, chest pains or as an insect repellent. As the leaves and petals dry out, they fall off and are blown around by the wind. This is represented in the painting.

In this painting the artist has depicted their country where they collect the bush medicine leaves and plants with seeds. Also shown are travel paths connecting various camp sites.

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Selina Kamprina
Country Seeds Leaves

C/No: 14468
91cm x 94cm
Acrylic on Canvas

AUD $ 750.00

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