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Selina NUMINA

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SELINA NUMINA

Selina Numina is an emerging Anmatyerre artist born in 1976 in the Utopia region in the Eastern Central Desert of the Northern Territory in Central Australia (north-west of Alice Springs). Selina is one of six sisters and three brothers. She went to the primary school at Stirling Station, a cattle station near Tennant Creek and later to Kormilda College in Darwin.

Although Selina’s sisters learned painting at a young age from their aunties Gloria and Kathleen Petyarre, who are both highly-respected Aboriginal artists, Selina only started painting in 2006. Medicine leaves from the important Kurrajong plant feature in her work.

Like many of the Anmatyerre women from the Utopia Homelands near Ti Tree, one of Selina’s totems is the bush medicine plant which is an Australian native that grows wild in Central Australia. Women go to different places around Utopia to collect leaves from these plants. Back at the camp the leaves are boiled to extract resin. Kangaroo fat is mixed into the resin, creating a paste that can be stored for a long time in bush conditions. This medicine is used to heal cuts, wounds, bites, rashes and also acts as an insect repellent.

By painting about "Bush Medicine" Selina is paying homage to the spirit of the medicine plant in the hope that it will regenerate, enabling the people to continue to benefit from its healing properties. Because of their healing properties and their almost mesmerising effects, bush medicine leaf paintings are also highly collectable within the medical and healing professions both in Australia and internationally.

Selina predominately still lives at Stirling but visits Darwin often to see her artist sisters and family.