Awelye, from the portfolio Crossroads
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"]
76.0 x 56.0 cm image / sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, pencil "A.B.". Not dated.
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1999
Not on display
© Ada Petyarre Petyarre. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Where the work was made
Central and Western Desert
Shown in 2 exhibitions
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
Referenced in 1 publication
Crossroads: Millennium Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Artists, Sydney, 1999, colour illus..