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Title

Awelye, from the portfolio Crossroads


Artist

Ada Bird Petyarre

Australia

circa 1930 -

Language groups

Alyawarr, Central Desert region, Anmatyerr, Central Desert region


About

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"]


Details


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

62.1999.2


Artist information

Ada Bird Petyarre

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
Central and Western Desert

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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