Language Group: Alyawarre
Country: Antarrengeny, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Silk Batik, Wood Sculpture
Subjects: Apeng (Kurrajong) Dreaming, Amern Ngkweyang (Kurrajong seed), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Pwenty (Men's Ceremony), Antarrengeny Country, Camp Scenes
Prior to painting, Katie participated in the 'Utopia - A Picture Story' exhibition featuring silk batik works by 88 Utopian artists, which toured internationally. During 1988 and 1989, Katie was involved with the Summer Project, which introduced many Utopian's into the art of painting. It didn't take long before painting was a huge hit and the artists moved entirely from batik work into acrylic on canvas and linen. Katie's work evolves continually which reflects the nature of Katie's personality and tribe. Katie occasionally dabbles in wood carvings for art purposes where she has experience in creating wooden artifacts, such as bowls, for her community.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA
|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|
|1991||The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin|
|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||Group Exhibition, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs NT|
|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; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland OR; Mary's Woods, Portland OR; Art From The Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR|
|2004||Last of the 20th Century, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs|
|2004||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Greenwich and New York|
|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|
|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|
|Aratjara||1993, Art of the First Australians: Traditional and Contemporary Works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists, exhib. Cat. (conceived and designed by Bernard Luthi in collaboration with Gary Lee), Dumont, Buchverlag, Koln.|
|Neale, M.||1994, Yiribana, exhib.cat., Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney|
|Art Gallery of NSW||1991, Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, exhib. Cat. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney|
Katie paints men's ceremony. Pwenty, pronounced poon-ja (oo as in wood), is the Alyawarre word used for this ceremony. The aboriginal men are dancing as they did long ago. Katie says there is no more dancing anymore because the old men are gone and the younger men are 'too shame' (embarrassed).
Men can be seen with their ceremonial body paint designs on their chests and thighs. They carry boomerangs, as represented by the crooked lines in their hands, and various decorated ceremonial nulla nullas (sticks).
Katie has illustrated the ceremonial body paint designs in the background as well.