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 paints the story of the northern wild orange (Capparis umbonata), known as Akarley in Dorothy's language. The small slender tree of this wild orange plant grows about 3½ m high with dark bark and weeping foliage. The wild oranges hang down on long stalks, turning yellow or a red tint when ripe (most commonly during the month of February). Young fruit are often ripened in hot sand. The Akarley is generally favoured as a better fruit than others of this species by the Aboriginal people.
There is an ancient Dreamtime story of the Akarley, belonging to her country Atnwengerrp, which Dorothy and other women of her country share with younger generations of women and girls. Akarley is an important fruit of her land and ceremonies are performed to ensure the health and well-being of this plant, both spiritually and physically.