Soakage by Lena Pwerle

Artist: Lena Pwerle
Size: 120cm x 90cm
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Code: 42728

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This painting has been hand painted by Lena Pwerle of Utopia, Central Australia. Circular designs represent soakages (or waterholes) that are spread across her land in the Utopia Region.

Lena says that these soakages, now all dried and used up, had plenty of water in them long ago, even when she was growing up, providing her people with a much needed water supply. With their intimate knowledge of the land, Lena’s people knew how and where to find them in the harsh desert environment.

Long time [ago] olden time mob get their little coolamon (bowl), they check them [soakages] – proper good one water! They been find ‘em under the ground. My grandmother taught me where to find ‘em. They dry now, they finish. They [my people] drink bore water now” - Lena Pwerle

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: 120cm x 90cm
  • Size of linen border: Approx 8cm
  • Designed to be stretched on a 2cm deep stretcher frame
  • Background colour: Black

This painting comes unstretched and rolled in a tube.

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