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An image of Awelye by Ada Bird Petyarre

Ada Bird Petyarre

(Australia circa 1930 – )

Language group
Anmatyerr, Central Desert region , Alyawarr, Central Desert region
Title
Awelye, from the portfolio Crossroads
Place of origin
Central and Western DesertNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Year
1997
Media category
Print
Materials used
screenprint
Edition
10/99
Dimensions

76.0 x 56.0 cm image / sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, pencil "A.B.". Not dated.
Credit
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1999
Accession number
62.1999.2
Copyright
© Ada Petyarre Petyarre. Licensed by Viscopy, Australia
Location
Not on display
Further information

In this print Ada Bird Petyarre depicts the awelye (body paint) for arnkerrthe, the mountain devil lizard. The mass of curved lines is directly taken from the lines of ochre painted on the breasts, shoulders and upper torso of the body. Ada Bird has transformed this linear pattern into a complex and interlocking arrangement of forms that represent the women gathering for the ceremony.

The mountain devil lizard is the important ancestral figure for Ada Bird and her country, Anungara.

[extract from "Crossroads - A Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Artists"]

Bibliography (1)

21C Pty Limited (Compilator), Crossroads: Millennium Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Artists, Sydney, 1999, colour illus..

Exhibition history (2)

Crossroads: Millenium Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Artists, Sherman Galleries, Paddington, 18 Feb 1999–06 Mar 1999

Another Country, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Jul 1999–02 Apr 2000