Language Group: Anmatyerre
Country: Ilyentye (or Ahalpere), Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk
Subjects: Bush Medicine Leaf, Bush Turkey, Akatyerre (Desert Raisin or Bush Tomato), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs)
Abie commenced painting c.1994 under the guidance of her grandmother, Kathleen Petyarre (one of the seven famous sisters). Her paintings show the detailed designs of her stories using fine dotwork and contemporary designs.
Abie is a very talented and established artist. She was selected as a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) in 1997 and 2001.
Abie's work in batik was sent to Bali to be exhibited. Her works in acrylics have been exhibited in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and overseas.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
|2003||Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T|
|2002||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; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland, Oregon; Art from the Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR|
|2003||World Vision - Walkabout Gallery 'My Grandmother and Me'|
|2008||Emily and Her Legacy, Hillside Gallery, Tokyo with Coo-ee Art Sydney in conjunction with the opening of the landmark retrospective exhibition Utopia – the Genius of Emily Kngwarreye at the National Art Centre, Tokyo, Japan|
|2014||Narrativa Herióca - Pintura Aborígine do Deserto Australiano - Renaissance Hotel, São Paulo, Brazil|
|2014||Arca Urbana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
Abie has painted beautiful work that represents akatyerre. Akatyerre is the Anmatyerre word for the desert raisin, wild sultana or bush tomato (Solanum centrale). The clonal under-shrub of the akatyerre can grow on Spinifex sand plains throughout Central Australia, often found across from mulga areas. It produces beautiful purple flowers and soft green leaves. The akatyerre grow in good moisture conditions and are heavily dependant on fire to obtain maximum potential. This fruit is probably the most important of all Central Australian plant foods due to its abundance and widespread availability most of the year. Once collected, the Aboriginal people eat the akatyerre raw or grind them into a paste before being consumed. The paste can also be rolled into balls and dried to store during long periods of drought. This practice is not as habitual now.
There is a Dreamtime story that belongs to the akatyerre for Abie and the people of her country. Ceremonies are performed to demonstrate respect for this story and maintain the existence of the akatyerre plant.