Language Group: Alywarre
Country: Atnwengerrp, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen
Subjects: Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Women's Stories, Country, Women Collecting Bush Food, Akarley (Bush Orange)
Dorothy has been painting for Mbantua Gallery since 2001. Her style of painting often comprises of simple iconography representing women preparing for or participating in Awelye woman's ceremonies and the body paint design associated with these ceremonies. Her backdrops of linear or patchwork patterns are created by applying very fine dots. Dorothy is second wife to Lenny Kngwarreye Jones.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
Dorothy's painting represents Awelye (Women's Ceremony). Women sing the songs associated with their Awelye as each woman takes her turn to be 'painted-up'. Circles represent the site where the women are performing Awelye.
Women perform Awelye ceremonies to demonstrate respect for their country and the total well-being and health of their community.