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Abie Loy Kemerre

Body Paintings on canvas - 2005

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
122.5 x 183 cm
Price Realised: $5,000.00

MP #295


Commissioned by Gallerie Australis, SA Cat No. GAAL0605DC2
Cooee Art Gallery, NSW Cat No. 16754
Private Collection, SA

Abie Loy was taught to paint by her grandmother, the multi award winning artist Kathleen Petyarre.

The linear designs in Abie's paintings on canvas represent awelye (women's ceremony and body paint designs) for the Ahakeye (Bush Plum). These designs are painted onto the chest, breasts, arms and thighs of women for ceremony. Powders ground from red and yellow ochre (clays), charcoal and ash are used as body paint and applied with a flat stick with soft padding. They call this stick 'typale'. The women sing the songs associated with their awelye as each women takes her turn to be 'painted-up'.

Women perform awelye ceremonies to demonstrate respect for their country and the total well-being and health of their community. This paintings on canvas shows the grandmother's dancing and teaching all the young girls the Awelye.