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Jeannie Petyarre

Aboriginal Painting - Wild Flowers

Aboriginal Painting - Wild Flowers

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Aboriginal Painting Title: Wild Flowers
Aboriginal Artist: Jeannie Petyarre (1956-2022)
Size: 180 x 60 cm + border
Medium: Acrylic on canvas

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

The collecting of bush tucker and flowers found in the harsh desert lands of Utopia include seeds and fruits which can be used for many things including as a food source rich with vitamins and bush medicine. The women still go out to this day to collect these special plants, seeds, and fruits which can be used for many things including as food and bush medicine. Medicine leaves have long been a part of traditional Aboriginal life and culture and are a part of the secret world of women’s business. Leaves from many different plants are collected and stored for medicinal uses.

This painting portrays Bush Desert Wild Flowers, specifically referencing the acacia plant, and is a testament to the cultural practices of Aboriginal women from the UTOPIA region in Central Australia.

Traditional Uses of the Acacia Plant

Aboriginal women collect various parts of the acacia plant, including flowers, seeds, and pods, for a multitude of everyday purposes. These components serve traditional roles in bush medicine, food, and other cultural practices.

Depiction of Bush Seeds and Wild Flowers

This artwork beautifully captures the essence of bush seeds, wildflowers, and pods, all of which are gathered by Aboriginal women in central Australia. These elements play vital roles as stable bush tuckers and are utilized in numerous ways for sustenance and cultural practices.

Cultural Significance of Wildflowers

The artist describes this painting as "putipulawa putitja," which translates to "wildflowers in the bush." This celebration of wildflowers showcases the beauty and abundance found in Her country of Atnwengerrp in Utopia. Inspired by the resurgence of new growth following heavy rains, the artwork documents the regeneration of Indigenous wildflowers, thereby enhancing the community's food sources.

Symbolism of Wildflowers

Wildflowers symbolize the importance of natural regrowth, renewal, rebirth, and regeneration of the land. The incorporation of Jeannie’s ceremonial body paint designs used in Awelye (a women’s ceremony) underscores the significance of culture in connection to the land.

Cultural Connection in the Painting

The painting serves as a homage to wildflowers, bush seeds, dreaming sites, and other significant elements deeply intertwined with the artist's culture and country.

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