Our Land Gallery, WA
Private Collection, NSW
Accompanied by a photograph of the artist with the artwork
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’.
This painting conveys the artists’ love and respect for the land and the food it provides to her Eastern Anmatjerre clans people. Awelye – Atnwengerrp, the ceremony celebrating the abundance of the Bush Melon, is depicted by the pattern representing the melon seeds.
The old women paint ceremonial designs in red and white earth pigment on their breast before dancing, first with their fingers and then with a brush called a typale, made from a stick.Share