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Gum tree in Tjoritja

Vanessa Inkamala
Watercolour on paper
54 x 34 cm; (F) 63 x 45 cm
Iltja Ntjarra (Many Hands) Art Centre


This is Bush Vicks, you know, in the country. That’s what I painted, the landscape, you know. Gum tree leaves, we called that one Bush Vicks. When we get sick, we use that one, Bush Vicks, for medicine, for cough, for flu and all that. When we catch a cold, we boil that one with water, make them steam, the steam comes out and smell like Vicks. That is why we called it Bush Vicks.

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