Larrgen - Spinifex and water

Peggy Madijarroong Griffiths (b.1941)
Typical of the artist’s distinct style of motifs comprised of finely flecked strokes of paint that represent the spinifex and grass clusters that stretch out across the open plains, this painting presents an area at the bend of the Keep River. As a young woman she learnt from the old people the rich stories of her culture, the sources of food and medicines. Some of the Gajarrang - spinifex that grows here is boiled like a tea and used as a form of contraception. “I know if you drink it you will never have a baby. Sometimes they used it for little ones to make their legs strong; they would spike their feet.”

Peggy Griffiths

© Copyright for the artwork remains with the artist. Copyright for the text remains with WARINGARRI ABORIGINAL ARTS.
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natural pigment on canvas
60.0 x 60.0 cm
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Purchased 2016
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Medical History Museum Category


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