Dacou Gallery, SA Cat. No. 06226
Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 11200
Ebes Collection, Vic
accompanied by a certificate booklet from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings
Galya Pwerle began painting during a workshop held at Ultja station in 2004. Her extended family are all artists including her sisters the late Minnie Pwerle, Emily and Molly, and Minnie's daughter Barbara Weir. Minnie Pwerle, who began painting in 1999, took a close and supportive role in the development of her younger sisters when they began painting 5 years later.
This work Galya represents her ceremonial body paint design and evokes its shimmer as women of her totem group dance by firelight. 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 Galya Pwerle's Country.Share