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Molly Pwerle

Aldappa Dance Lines - 2005

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
122.0 x 90.0 cm
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MP #727


Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 11449
Ebes Collection, Vic


accompanied by a certificate booklet from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings and a photo of the artist with the artwork

Molly Pwerle’s country is Atnwengerrp and her language is Anmatyerre and Alyawarr.  She began painting during a workshop held at Ultja station in 2004. Molly’s extended family are all artists including her sister the late Minnie Pwerle, Barbara Weir, Aileen and Betty Mpetyane, who all encouraged Molly and her younger sisters Gayla and Emily Pwerle to paint. Minnie Pwerle, who had begun painting 5 years earlier, took a close and supportive role in the development of her younger sisters.


Molly paints “Awelye Atnwengerrp”, meaning women’s ceremony in her country. In this work, the series of lines painted in different widths, patterns and colours are explosive, colourful and energetic. The patterns represent the designs painted on women’s bodies during bush tucker ceremonies in Atnwengerrp. 'Molly has developed her own unique, contemporary style and is progressing into a major talent'(Jade Torres)