My Country Awelye CBW018-Barbara Weir

Acrylic on Linen
210 x 120cm
Year Painted


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My Country Awelye CBW018-Barbara Weir

The bold linear pattern throughout Barbaras painting illustrates the Awelye (women's ceremony and body paint designs). After smearing their bodies with animal fat, the women trace these designs onto their breasts, arms and thighs, singing as each woman takes her turn to be 'painted-up'. Their songs relate to the dreamtime stories of ancestral travel, dance and other totemic plants, animals and natural forces. Awelye demonstrates respect for the land. In performing these ceremonies they ensure well-being and happiness within their communities.

In this painting, the concentric circles represent women's secret sites.

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Mbantua Alice Gallery (MGA)