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Body Paint by Lena Pwerle

Artist: Lena Pwerle
Size: 210cm x 150cm
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
Code: 38518

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The designs in this painting represent awely (women’s ceremony and body paint designs) and are painted by Lena using her fingers as part of a series complete in 2008. Artists Connie Petyarre, Rosie Pwerle and Nora Petyarre were also involved.

These designs mimic those that are painted onto the chest, breasts, arms and thighs of the women preparing for women's ceremony.


Powders ground from red and yellow ochre (clays) and ash are used as body paint. The women sing the songs associated with their awelye as each woman takes her turn to be ‘painted-up’.

Women perform awelye ceremonies to demonstrate respect for their country and the total well-being and health of their community.

In this painting, Lena has applied the paint using her fingers.

Artist

Name: Lena Pwerle
Skin name: Pwerle (also spelled Pula)
Language group: Anmatyerre
Country: Ahalpere
Region: Utopia, Central Australia
Born: 1934
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  • Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
  • Size of painting: 210cm x 150cm
  • Background colour: Black

 

 

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