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MB054252

Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Ahakeye (Bush Plum)

Tanya Bird Mpetyane

Tanya Bird Mpetyane

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Medium
Acrylic on Linen
Size
60 x 45cm
Year Painted
2019
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MB054252

Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Ahakeye (Bush Plum)

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Artist Profile

Tanya is the daughter of artists Paddy Bird (deceased) and Eileen Bird. Her gran…

Artist Profile

Artist Profile

Tanya Bird Mpetyane
Born:

1981

Language Group:

Anmatyerre

Country:

Ilkawerne (El-go-an-na) , Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Medium:

Acrylic on Canvas and Linen

Subjects:

Ahakeye (Bush Plum) Dreaming, Alpar (Rat-Tail Plant) Story, Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Bush Scene, Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Ahakeye (Bush Plum)

Tanya is the daughter of artists Paddy Bird (deceased) and Eileen Bird. Her grandmother is the late Ada Bird Petyarre, a highly respected senior artist from Utopia. Tanya grew up surrounded by the habitual routine of painting and first began painting herself as an early teenager. Ada, who passed away in 2009, was a strong influence in this; Tanya was very close to her grandmother. In 2010, Tanya began using black, grey and white designs to depict her subjects.

COLLECTIONS
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT
AWARDS
2013
30th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA), Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT - Finalist

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Artist Name, Artwork Size, Medium, Year Painted,

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Artist Name:
Tanya Bird Mpetyane
Artwork Size:
60 x 45cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Linen
Year Painted:
2019
Title:
Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Ahakeye (Bush Plum)
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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.

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Tanya paints Awelye (Women's Ceremonial and Body Paint Designs) for the Ahakeye. This a very important story for Tanya that belongs to her country, Ilkawerne (El-go-an-na) . The ahakeye, called bush plum in English by Tanya, is also known as the native currant or citrus. This shrub produces small white flowers, deep green citrus-like leaves and the ahakeye, which are black when ripe and very small. This fruit is favoured for its sweet taste and can be reconstituted in water if dry.

Linear designs represent Awelye. 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.

Located at
Mbantua Warehouse