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Emily Pwerle

Awelye-Atnwengerrp - 2008

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
193.0 x 141.0 cm
Price Realised: $8,540.00

MP #801


Provenance

Boomerang Art, SA Cat. No. 5392
Cooinda Gallery, NSW
Private Collection, NSW

Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Boomerang Art and a photo of the artist with the artwork

Exhibited

Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW, August - September 2009

Emily Pwerle began painting during a workshop held at Ultja station in 2004. Her extended family are all artists, including her sister, the late Minnie Pwerle, her other sisters Molly and Gayla, 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 bold linear pattern of intertwined stripes and curves represents the Women's Ceremony body paint design and evokes its shimmer as women 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 takes her turn being ‘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. In performing these ceremonies, the women ensure well being and happiness within the communities. Atnwengerrp is Emily Pwerle's Country.