Language Group: Anmatyerre
Country: Alhalkere, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Silk Batik
Subjects: Atnwelarre and Kame (Pencil Yam and Seed), Yam Flowers, My Country, Awelye (Women's Ceremony)
Janet is the daughter of Margaret Golder and Sammy Petyarre. Her grandfather is Old Henry Petyarre and renowned artists Angelina Ngale and Polly Ngale are her grandmothers. Famed artist Greeny Purvis (deceased) is Janet's uncle.
Janet is married to Ronnie Bird, son of artists, Paddy and Eileen Bird. Together they have four children, Rochelle, Renedy, Katrina and Troyton. Janet would have been taught to paint by her family and has been painting since 1997. The major subject is Atnwelarre - Pencil Yam.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
|2002||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland OR; Mary's Woods, Portland OR; New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN|
|2003||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville TN; 'The Cove Gallery', Portland OR; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland OR; Mary's Woods, Portland OR; Art From The Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR|
|2004||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Hartford and Greenwich|
Janet paints her country, Alhalkere. The linear designs in this painting represent Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs) . 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, represented by the 'U' shaped motifs, 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.
Janet depicts the yam flowers. These flowers belong to the pencil yam called Atnwelarre (Vigna lancelolata). The Atnwelarre is a trailing herb or creeper, sometimes covering large areas, with yellow flowers, bright green leaves and long skinny yams (swollen roots). These yams are an important food source which can be eaten raw or cooked in hot sand and ashes. Dot work represents Kame (Pencil Yam Seeds).
Circular designs represent Atwakeye (Bush Orange). The small compact tree of the bush orange plant is about 3½ m high with dark green leathery leaves. The fruit hang down on long stalks, turning a yellow green tint when ripe. The concentric circles represent waterholes.