Emily paints Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs) for the ancestral dreamtime stories which belong to her country, Atnwengerrp.
The linear designs in this painting 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.