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Minnie Pwerle

Awelye Atnwengerrp - 2004

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
120 x 90 cm
Price Realised: $6,405.00

MP #679


Dacou Gallery, SA Cat No. 04706
Fireworks Gallery, Qld Cat No. FW8823
Private Collection, Vic

Minnie Pwerle, whose husband was the brother of famed artist Emily Kngwarreye, began painting her country Atnwengerrp and its associated Dreamings in earnest at 77 years of age. While Minnie resembles Emily in her prodigious output and gestural vigour, it is the bush melon and its seed, rather than the yam, or bush potato, which were her own Dreamings and the subject of her art.

The bush melon fruit is collected by women and either eaten immediately or cut into pieces, skewered onto lengths of wood, and dried to be eaten over the coming months, when bush tucker is scarce. In this soft palette work by the artist, Awelye Atnwengerrp is represented by delicate lines painted gesturally in pink, lilac, and yellow ochre, without reference to the melon seeds that dominate the majority of her work. The designs painted on women's torsos during ceremony evoke the presence of women dancing by fire light.