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Bernadine Johnson Kemarre

Bush Desert Flowers

Bush Desert Flowers

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Title: Bush Desert Flowers
Artist: Bernadine Johnson
Size: 60 x 90 cm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas

COA and pictures of the artist holding and signing her work will be provided.


The painting represents Bush Desert-Wild Flowers referring to the acacia plant.

Aboriginal women from UTOPIA region in Central Australia collect many parts (flowers, seeds, pods, etc.) from the acacia plant for a countless of everyday purposes, as well as traditional uses for bush medicine and food.

This artwork depicts bush seeds, wild flowers and pods, which are gathered by the Aboriginal women in central Australia. Bush seeds and pods are an stable bush tucker and is used in many ways. The artist describes this painting as putipulawa putitja ““ wildflowers in the bush. The world putipulawa comes from the English “˜pretty flower.“’ After the rains come, the bush flowers are growing. The flowers are easy to find against the red sand that they are growing in. Wildflower series is a celebration of the beauty and abundance of wildflowers in Her country of Atnwengerrp in Utopia.

Wildflower is inspired by the resurgence of new growth from recent heavy rains. It documents the regeneration of Indigenous wildflowers, which subsequently increases food sources for the community.

Wildflowers emphasizes the importance of natural re-growth, of renewal, rebirth and regeneration of the land. Underneath and incorporated into the foreground are Jeannie’s ceremonial body paint designs used in Awelye (women’s ceremony), acknowledging the importance of culture.

The painting depicts wild flowers, bush seeds, dreaming sites and other significant elements connected to the artist culture and country .

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