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Women's Ceremonies - 2005

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
122.0 x 91.5 cm
Price Realised: $9,760.00

MP #716


Provenance

Dacou Gallery, SA Cat. No. 0513
Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 12814
Hank Ebes Collection, Vic

 

accompanied by a certificate booklet from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings

ARTISTS: The Four Sisters - Minnie, Molly, Emily & Galya Pwerle

Artwork Size: 122 x 91.5 cm 

Frame Size: 128 x 98 cm

Though Minnie Pwerle began painting in 1999, she joined her sisters in creating collaborative works when Emily, Galya, and Molly began painting in 2005. Minnie lived at Antwengerrp and could speak both Anmatjerre and Alyawerre while he sisters lived at Irultja to the north, and spoke only Alyawerre. 

 

In this work, each of these artists painted in their own very distinct body design. While Minnie painted bold linear patterns of stripes, curves and circular seed shapes, Emily painted more angular circles, triangles and squares. Galya, meanwhile, painted kidney bean shapes and Molly parallel lines. Each of these designs represent the body design associated with their individual Dreamings - the plants and seed that they were responsible for as part of their obligation to country and which they represented in Awelye (ceremony).