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Apmer atyenh arntetyew-arelh (My country and bush medicine plants)

Julieanne Ngwarraye Morton
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
121.5 x 75.5 cm
Artists of Ampilatwatja


My mother, Lilly Kemarre [Morton], taught me to paint. She likes to paint her mother’s and father’s country from the old days, when they used to live off of the land. The landscape changes during the different seasons in the year. I paint the dried flowers and bushes from last season as well as the new plants that come after the rain. These plants have special meanings and uses for us. I have been taught how to read the country, and now I teach my children these skills.

Desert Mob is presented annually in Mparntwe | Alice Springs on Arrernte Country.

On behalf of Desart’s staff and art centre members, the Executive Committee humbly and respectfully acknowledge the Arrernte Apmereke Artweye (Traditional Owners) and Kwertengerle (Traditional Managers) of Mparntwe.


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