Awelye for Arnkerrthe by Ada Bird Petyarre

Ada Bird Petyarre
Size: 60cm x 60cm
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
Code: 8501

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Fuschia infusion! The brightness in this compact square piece expresses Ada's vibrant personality. The fluid linear designs represent women's ceremonial body paint designs and help make this a timeless piece by Ada that can be hung just about anywhere.

- exhibition excerpt

The arc-linear work in Ada’s painting represents awelye (women’s ceremony and body paint designs) for the Arnkerrthe Dreamtime story. This story belongs to the people from Atnangkere and Alhalkere country in the Utopia region, northeast of Alice Springs.

The women smear their bodies with animal fat then trace these patterns onto their breasts, arms and thighs. 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. This stick is called a ‘typale’. The women sing as each woman takes her turn to be ‘painted-up’.

Their songs relate to the ancestral travels of the Mountain Devil Lizard as it makes the long journey north to Waramugu country, carrying the ochre for body paint in the small sac on the back of its neck.

The Mountain Devil Lizardhas the ability to camouflage itself by changing colours. The traditional colours used for ceremony are ochre red, yellow and white.

 

Name: Ada Bird
Skin name: Petyarre (also spelled Pitjara)
Language group: Anmatyerre
Country: Atnangkere
Region: Utopia, Central Australia
Born: c. 1930
Dec: 2009
Read Ada Bird Petyarre's full bio »

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