Commissioned by Gallerie Australia
This painting presents an aerial view of Kathleen Petyarre’s sacred Dreaming site of the Mountain Devil Lizard in the vicinity of Mosquito Bore on Utopia Station. It is here at this site that eastern Anmatyerre men and women conduct important secret and sacred initiation ceremonies.
This Dreaming site is situated in the artist’s father’s country and the general locality is identified by a group of sand-hills. The painting portrays the area scattered with seeds, summer bush flowers and spinifex grasses. The sand-hills here conceal a sacred Women’s Dreaming site associated with the green pea (antweth).
During her lifetime, Kathleen Petyarre was one of Aboriginal Australia’s pre-eminent artists. She was awarded the Visy Board Art Prize at the Barossa Vintage Festival Art Show in 1998 and the following year won the People’s Choice Award in the Seppelts Contemporary Art Award, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Later that year, she won the biggest prize of all, the prestigious Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. She was honoured with a solo retrospective exhibition at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art in 2000.Share