Born: c. 1950's
Language Group: Anmatyerre
Country: Ahalpere, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk
Subjects: Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Country, Arwengerrp (Bush Turkey), Soakage, Bush Medicine, Anwekety (Conkerberry)
Rosie began painting for Mbantua Gallery in 1999 and comes from a large extended family of artists. Her sister, Lena Pwerle is also a painter and senior custodian of their country. Rosie has two daughters, Julie Pengarte and Amy Napangardi, both of whom are artists.
Initially Rosie worked in the medium of batik along with over eighty other women from the Utopia Region in Central Australia. Her work in batik is featured in 'Utopia A Picture Story, the Robert Holmes á Court Collection'.
In October 2017, Rosie spent two weeks at Mbantua Workshop with her sister Lena, and Lena's daughter Nora, where they painted their unique designs and stories. Rosie currently lives in Utopia region and occasionally spends time with her grandson in Alice Springs.
The Robert Holmes á Court Collection, Perth
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
|1990||Utopia A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Robert Holmes á Court Collection by Utopia Artists which toured Eire and Scotland|
|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, Alice Springs, N.T, Australia|
|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|
|2004||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Hartford, Greenwich and New York|
|Brody, A.||1990, Utopia A Picture Story, The Robert Holmes á Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth|
Rosie depicts soakages that dot her land in the Utopia Region. Many of these soakages all dried and used up now but long ago they had plenty of water in them, even when she was growing up, providing her people with a much needed water supply. With their intimate knowledge of the land, Rosie's people knew how and where to find them in their harsh desert environment. Rosie said
'Blue ones, plenty water. black, no water, empty.'
In this painting, Rosie also paints the Bush Medicine Plant. There are different types of bush medicine in the Central Desert. In the 'olden days' the leaves and the seeds of this plant were gathered, ground and mixed with animal fat (today a commercial oil is used) and it is then used as an ointment, or boiled in water for medicinal use. Dot work represents the bush medicine seeds. Oval shaped designs represent coolamons (full of bush medicine leaves and seeds) which are typical instruments used for collecting many bush foods.