Born: c. 1964
Language Group: Alyawarre
Country: Arawerre (Soapy Bore), Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk/Cotton
Subjects: Sugar Bag (Native Honey), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Women's Stories
Jessie was involved in the Utopia Women's Batik Group. Her work is represented in 'A Picture Story', a project initiated by CAAMA in the late 80's. She also began painting on canvas in the late 80's and has been involved in many group exhibitions including the Robert Holmes à Court touring exhibition of silk batiks.
From a family of artists, Jessie's mother, Molly Pwerle; her younger sisters, Annie and Susan; and also her older brother, Sandy Hunter, are all renowned artists. All have a refined style, often their whole painting will consist of patterns of individual fine dots, reflecting their story and Arawerre country. They also paint stories associated with Atnwengerrp and Irrweltye their mother's country.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth
|1985||The Second National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, Darwin|
|1989||A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne, Design Warehouse Sydney (through Lauraine Diggins Fine Art)|
|1989||Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, SH Ervin Gallery Sydney|
|1990||Utopia A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 Works on silk from the Holmes à Court Collection by Utopia Artists which toured Eire and Scotland|
|2002||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; 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; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR|
|2003||Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank in conjunction with Mbantua Gallery, Portland, Oregon USA|
|2003||Art from the Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR USA|
|2004||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Hartford and Greenwich|
|Brody, A.||1989, Utopia Women's Paintings: the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89 exhib. cat., Heytesbury Holdings, Perth|
|Brody, A.||1990 Utopia a Picture Story 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection Heytesbury Holdings Ltd Perth|
|Diggins, L.||(ed) 1989 A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, exhib. cat. Malakoff Fine Art Press North Caulfield Victoria|
Jessie's painting represents Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for sugarbag. Sugarbag is bush honey of Australian native bees.
The linear designs represent Awelye. 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. They call this stick 'typale'. The women sing the songs associated with their Awelye as each woman takes her turn to be 'painted-up'.
Jessie depicts leaves and seeds through dot work.