Bernadine Kemarre Johnson
Bernadine was born in 1974 at the Ltyentye Apurte Community (Santa Teresa),
approx. 80km east of Alice Springs, Northern Territory and had a traditional upbringing before attending school in Alice Springs. Bernadine now lives in Adelaide with her family.
She is married to Artist Stephen Martin Pitjara
Healing Bush Medicine Leaves
Medicine Leaves, Flowers, Trees, Seeds – In Aboriginal Culture it is largely the Women’s responsibility to provide the meals and the medicines. These all come from the land – often referred to as ‘Bush Tucker” and”Bush Medicine” . In Artworks we will often see the stories of women travelling in groups, going walkabout to the places where the food and healing plants are found.
In this series of Stories bernadine paints a symbolised version of the healing plants, flowers, seeds, leaves and barks.