Language Group: Alyawarre
Country: Arawerre (Soapy Bore), Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk
Subjects: Sugar Bag (Native Honey), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Women's Stories
Susan was involved in the Utopia Women's Batik. 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, Susans mother, Molly Pwerle; her older sisters, Annie and Jessie; 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 Holmes à Court Collection, Perth
|1989||A Myriad of Dreaming, Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne, Design Warehouse Sydney (through Lauraine Diggins Fine Art)|
|1989||Utopia Womens 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|
|1994||Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT|
|1997||Geschichtenbilder, Aboriginal Art Gallery Bahr, Speyer, Germany|
|1999||Aboriginal Art Australien heute, Deutsche Welle Kohn, Germany (in co-operation with the Aboriginal Art Gallery Bahr, Speyer)|
|1999||Australie Art, Arts dAustralie Stephane Jacob / J.L.Amsler Bastille, Paris|
|2004||Bilderwelten in Utopia. Holzschnitte und Gemaelde vom Aborigines, Staedtisches Kunstmuseum Spendhaus Reutlingen, Kunstmuseum Bayreuth, Deutschland|
|2006||Senior Women of Utopia, Gallery B, Brisbane|
|2006||Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne|
|2007||Standing on Ceremony, Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide|
|2007||Patterns of Power, Art from the Eastern Desert, Simmer on the Bay Gallery, Sydney|
|2007||Eastern Desert Dreaming Artists from Utopia, Gallery G, Brisbane|
|2007||Eastern Desert Song, Brush with Art Festival, Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, SA|
|2008||Power of Place, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA|
|2008||From the Desert to the Sea, Yurlunggur Art, Brisbane|
|2009||Aboriginal Art in Korea, Gong Pyeong Art Space, Seoul, KOREA|
|2010||The Utopia Story Australasian Art Projects, Singapore|
|2010||Aboriginal Artists in London June 11 13, London, UK|
|2011||Desert Icons, Australasian Arts Projects, Singapore|
|2011||Utopian Aboriginal Art, Without Pier Art Gallery, Melbourne|
|2012||Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, SA|
|2012||Aboriginal Artists in London, London, UK|
|2014||Indigenous Group Show|
|2015||Aboriginal Art, Wimbledon Village, UK|
Susan'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'.
Susan depicts leaves and seeds through dot work.