Bush Medicine (2000) by Abie Loy Kemarre

Bush Medicine - Abie Loy Kemarre - 2000

Artwork Information

TitleBush Medicine
ArtistAbie Loy Kemarre
Art MovementNative Art

About Bush Medicine

The artwork “Bush Medicine” by Abie Loy Kemarre, created in 2000, belongs to the Native Art movement and is characterized as abstract. This genre allows for the use of bold patterns and colors to convey complex cultural stories and meanings.

The artwork is vibrant, featuring a repetitive pattern of circular motifs that dominate the composition. These circles consist of a central cluster of yellow dots surrounded by concentric rings of white and red. These patterns are set against a pale background, creating a stark contrast that highlights the precision and rhythm within the design. The repetition and intricate detailing suggest a strong cultural significance and may represent elements of the natural world intertwined with traditional healing practices, as suggested by the title “Bush Medicine.”

The overall effect is one of symmetry and cohesion, with the patterns reflecting a deep connection to the heritage of the artist and the traditional practices represented by the imagery. The use of dot painting technique is characteristic of Central and Western Desert art from indigenous Australian artists, often conveying important cultural stories and law (Tjukurpa).

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