The bold linear patterns of stripes and curves throughout Minnie’s painting depicts the womens ceremonial 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 relates to the Dreamtime stories of Ancestral Travel and other plants,animals and natural forces. Awely-Womens ceremony demonstrates respect for the land and in performing these ceremonies they ensure well being and happiness within the communities.
Dacou Gallery, S.A
Private Collection, NSW