Synthetic Polymer Paint on Belgian Linen
66 x 77cm
Dacou Gallery, SA
Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW
The bold linear patterns of stripes and curves depicts the Women's Ceremony body paint design. After smearing their bodies with animal fat,the women trace these designs onto their breasts, arms and thighs singing as each woman has a turn to be ‘painted up’.
The songs relate to the Dreamtime stories of Ancestral Travel and other plants,animals and natural forces. Awelye - Women's Ceremony - demonstrates respect for the land and in performing these ceremonies they ensure well being and happiness within the communities. Atnwengerrp is Emily Pwerle's Country.