Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery, NT
In this painting Louise shows us sacred ceremonial sites and the body paint designs worn by women when performing ceremonies celebrating the bush melon in her homeland. Body painting carries a deep spiritual significance for Aboriginal people.
The Utopia Cultural Centre and Utopia Awely Batik Corporation was funded between 1995 and 1998 by ATSIC. Then Urapuntja Artists Utopia, established as a community artists’ organisation funded through ATSIC and affiliated with Desart, ran until 2002. There were some 150 artists, both men and women, working through the centre. The artists experimented with different mediums. In 2004, the Utopia artists joined with Artists of Ampilatwatja, further to the north, to form Sandover Art. A commercial outlet was established in Alice Springs, however, the new organisation ceased shortly thereafter.