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 Collection, Alice Springs, NT
In this painting Pauline paints merne atwakeye, known as the bush orange (Capparis mitchellii). Merne means food in Pauline's language and atwakeye is the orange.
Women, represented by the 'U' motifs, are shown collecting Atwakeye. They carry with them their coolamons (carved wooden bowls), which are typical instruments used for collecting many bush foods.