Karen Bird Ngale


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Born: 1984

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Country: Ilkawerne, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen

Subjects: Alpar (Rat-tail plant) Story, Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Bush Foods

Karen is daughter to Lindsay Bird, a senior elder for Ilkawerne country and prominent male Utopia artist. Along with the other younger women, Karen is taught by the senior women the stories, songs and dances associated with ceremonies. In turn, they learn what themes they are allowed to paint. One of Karen's main Dreamtime stories is of the Alpar (Rat-tail plant) Seed Story. In the olden time, women would collect this seed, crush it and use it in making damper (bread).

Collections

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

Exhibitions

2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Hartford and Greenwich
2004 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, NT, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill
2005 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, NT, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill
2006 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, NT, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill