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MB039161

Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Ngkweyang (Kurrajong Seed)

Medium
Acrylic on Linen
Size
210 x 90cm
Year Painted
2008
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Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Ngkweyang (Kurrajong Seed)

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Artist Profile

Mary Morton Kemarre Born: c. 1931 Deceased: 2016 Language Group: Alywarr…

Artist Profile

Mary Morton Kemarre

Born: c. 1931

Deceased: 2016

Language Group: Alywarre

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

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk, Seed Jewellery, Wood Carving

Subjects: Country, Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Apeng (Kurrajong) Dreaming, Amern Altwerr (Wild Orange or Splitjack), Camp Scenes

Mary Morton was a well known Utopia artist. She was involved in the batik movement established at Utopia in the late 1970's.

Mary painted her country (Antarrengeny) and the ceremonial body paint designs belonging to her country. She lived in the Utopia region with her large extended family with a bright and bubbly personality. Mary had four daughters, Lucky, Audrey, Sarah and Ruby who are also well known in the Aboriginal art industry.

Collections

The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA

Exhibitions

1989 Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works On Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1990 Utopia A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes á Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland
1990 Stanislawsk-Birnberg Margo, Journeylines©
1991 The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1991 Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, Art Gallery of N.S.W, Sydney
1993 The Tenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1994 Yiribana, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2002 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland OR; Mary's Woods, Portland OR
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville TN; 'The Cove Gallery', Portland OR; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland OR; Mary's Woods, Portland OR; Art From The Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions; Greenwich, Connecticut
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
2005 'Small Wonders', Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2006 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, NT, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill

Further References

Brody, A. 1989, Utopia Women's Paintings: the First Work on Canvas, A Summer Project 1988-89., cat., Heytesbury Holdings, Perth

Brody, A. 1990 Utopia, a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes á Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd Perth

Isaacs J. Spirit Country, Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art, Hardie Grant Books ©1999
Desart the Aboriginal art centres of Central Australia, 2000, Putting in the Colour – Contemporary Aboriginal Textiles, Jukurrpa Books (IAD Press) ©2000
NATSIVAD Data Base

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Artist Name:
Mary Morton Kemarre
Artwork Size:
210 x 90cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Linen
Year Painted:
2008
Title:
Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Ngkweyang (Kurrajong Seed)
Free Shipping Worldwide!:
This painting on linen will be shipped in a cylinder to you free of charge, worldwide! An option to have this painting 'stretched' onto a wooden frame may be available. If selected, further charges will apply and will be calculated at checkout.

Description

The arced linear motifs in Mary's painting represent Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs). These designs are painted onto the chest, breasts, arms and thighs. Powders ground from red and yellow ochre (clays), charcoal and ash are used as body paint and applied with a flat stick with soft padding. The women sing the songs associated with their Awelye as each woman takes her turn to be 'painted-up'. Women perform Awelye ceremonies to demonstrate respect for their country and the total well-being and health of their community.

The dot work that Mary has used in this painting represents Ngkweyang, the seed of Apeng, the desert Kurrajong tree. Not a habitual practice now, the Aboriginal people would collect these important and nutritious seeds, burn them to remove small hairs, and grind them into a paste for making damper (bread). Mary says that warm colours such as yellow and orange represent the Ngkweyang when it is old and ripe. The cooler colours such as green and purple are when the Ngkweyang are still raw.

Located at
Mbantua Alice Gallery (MGA)

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