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MB055017

Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Tyankern (Mulga Berries)

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Acrylic on Canvas
Size
90 x 90cm
Year Painted
2019
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MB055017

Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Tyankern (Mulga Berries)

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Artist Profile

Kaureen Bird Born: 1996 Language Group: Eastern Anmatyerre/Southern Alyawa…

Artist Profile

Kaureen Bird

Born: 1996

Language Group: Eastern Anmatyerre/Southern Alyawarre

Country: Ilkawerne, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Subjects: Tyankern (Mulga Berries), Ahakeye (Bush Plum), Ntang Artety (Mulga Seed), Utnea (Carpet Snake), Alpar (Rat-tail Plant), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs)

Kaureen is the daughter of artists Kevin Bird and Marie Ryder. She was born in Alice Springs in 1996. She grew up at Mulga Bore and attended Mulga Bore School. Kaureen began painting for Mbantua Gallery in 2018. She was watching her parents and aunties (Tanya Bird, Maggie Bird, Alvira Bird and Rosemary Bird) painting, and thought 'I would like to do that too!', then started painting.

Kaureen's stories has been passed onto her from her father's ancestors. Her stories are associated with her country, Ilkawerne. Kaureen is married and has two children.

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Artist Name:
Kaureen Bird
Artwork Size:
90 x 90cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted:
2019
Title:
Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Tyankern (Mulga Berries)
Free Shipping Worldwide!:
This painting on canvas 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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The linear designs in Kaureen's painting represent Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs) for Tyankern (mulga berries). These designs are painted onto the chest, breasts, arms and thighs. Powders ground from 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'.

The Tyankern is a very important story for Kaureen that belongs to her country, Ilkawerne. This story, its songs, dances and symbols have been passed down to Kaureen from her father. The Tyankern is a sweet edible berry that belongs to a type of mistletoe (Lysiana spp.) found growing on the mulga tree. In the Dreamtime these two plants are one.

Dot work symbolizes the different colours that the Tyankern go through during maturity. Concentric circles are symbols representing this sacred story. Kaureen also depicts coolamons (carved wooden bowls) and digging sticks which are typical instruments used for collecting many bush foods.

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Mbantua Alice Gallery (MGA)

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