Language Group: Anmatyerre
Country: Ngkwelaye and Irrweltye , Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen
Subjects: Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Arlatyeye (Pencil Yam), Merne Ngkweyang (Kurrajong Seed), Ntang Ngelyerr (Grass Seed), Bush Foods
Pauline began painting for Mbantua Gallery in 2000 along with many other women of her region. Pauline is shy and generally paints very fine dot work that tells the story of the women, either in ceremony or collecting food.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
|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; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland, Oregon; Art from the Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR|
|2004||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Portland, Hartford, Nashville and Knoxville, TN|
Pauline paints merne atwakeye, known as the bush orange (Capparis mitchellii). Merne means food in Pauline's language and atwakeye is the orange. The small compact tree of the wild orange plant is about 3½ m high with dark green leathery leaves. Its creamy white flowers open during the night and wither before the end of the next day. The fruit hang down on long stalks, turning a yellow green tint when ripe. The oranges usually ripen from October through January depending on seasonal conditions.
Pauline illustrates the fruit and flower of the bush orange plant. Background dot work represents the seeds of the bush orange. Women, represented by 'U' shaped symbols, collect the bush orange with their digging sticks and coolamons (wooden bowls) which are typical instruments used for collecting many bush foods. Linear patterns denote the Awelye (women's ceremonial body paint designs) relating to this story.