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Botany in Art

 Margaret Kemarre Ross, Bush Flowers & Medicine Plants.

Margaret Kemarre Ross, Bush Flowers & Medicine Plants.

"We look for these plants in rocky country, we can find a litt􏰀le purple plum that we use to clean the kidneys and someti􏰁mes for flu. The yellow flowers are used for scabies, we boil them in water and wash our skin with it. The pink flowers we use for when we have sore eyes, we mix the flowers with water and the colour changes to a light green."

The Australian Aboriginal people are the one of the oldest continuous populations on earth, and their visual language is considered one of the world’s oldest Art forms, spanning over 50,000 years.  The connection to 'country' is essential. Their tribal Dreamings, creation and mapping myths, rituals and sacred topography inspire bold, beautiful abstract paintings featuring the landscape, plants and animals of Australia's central desert. The Aboriginals see no difference between themselves, the sky, the land and the animals they share it with.  All are one and the same.