Language Group: Anmatyerre
Country: Ilyentye (or Ahalpere), Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk
Subjects: Bush Medicine Leaf, Bush Turkey, Akatyerre (Desert Raisin or Bush Tomato), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs)
Abie commenced painting c.1994 under the guidance of her grandmother, Kathleen Petyarre (one of the seven famous sisters). Her paintings show the detailed designs of her stories using fine dotwork and contemporary designs.
Abie is a very talented and established artist. She was selected as a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) in 1997 and 2001.
Abie's work in batik was sent to Bali to be exhibited. Her works in acrylics have been exhibited in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and overseas.
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT
In this painting Abie depicts the leaf of the antywerleny (Acacia Tenuissima), a type of wattle. The leaves of the antywerleny are crushed and mixed with animal fat for use as a medicinal ointment, or soaked in water to make a medicinal wash.