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MB060626

Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Alpar (Rat-Tail Plant)

Jessie Bird Ngale

Jessie Bird Ngale

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Medium
Acrylic on Canvas
Size
120 x 90cm
Year Painted
2023
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MB060626

Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Alpar (Rat-Tail Plant)

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Catalogue Number:
MB060626

Artist Profile

Jessie is the eldest daughter of renowned artist Lindsay Bird Mpetyane, and her …

Artist Profile

Artist Profile

Jessie Bird Ngale
Born:

1979

Language Group:

Anmatyerre

Country:

Ilkawerne (El-go-an-na) , Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Medium:

Acrylic on Canvas and Linen

Subjects:

Alpar (Rat-Tail Plant) Story, Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Women's Story, Imuna (Bush Food), Country, Inpernp (Little Whistle Bird), Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Alpar (Rat-Tail Plant)

Jessie is the eldest daughter of renowned artist Lindsay Bird Mpetyane, and her mother is Mavis Bird Petyarre. Her two younger sisters are Rosie and Karen. Jessie has had the advantage of an Aboriginal education as well as a European education. She attended Mulga Bore (Akaye School) Primary and Yirara College in Alice Springs. Encouraged to develop her artistic talents by her family when quite young, Jessie would assist other family members with their work.

Her first paintings for Mbantua Gallery were in 1994. These earlier works comprised of very neat patterns of dots when describing her country, and strong, bold linear patterns when illustrating women's stories and body paint. Today Jessie's work is more refined as she explores new ideas to portray her stories from Ilkawerne Country.

Jessie also works as a teacher's aid at the Mulga Bore Primary School and helps to 'growup' some of the younger children in her large extended family.

COLLECTIONS
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT
EXHIBITIONS
1999
Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2002-2004
Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions

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Artist Name, Artwork Size, Medium, Year Painted,

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Artist Name:
Jessie Bird Ngale
Artwork Size:
120 x 90cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted:
2023
Title:
Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Alpar (Rat-Tail Plant)
Free Shipping Worldwide!:
This painting on canvas will be shipped in a cylinder to you free of charge, worldwide! An option to have this painting 'stretched' onto a wooden frame may be available. If selected, further charges will apply and will be calculated at checkout.

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Jessie paints Awelye (Women's Ceremonial and Body Paint Designs) for Alpar, the rat-tail goosefoot or green crumbweed plant, is a small, erect herb that is sticky to touch and scented heavily of citrus. Growing especially well in Mulga tree communities, it is found in abundance in Jessie's home in the Utopia Region, north east of Alice Springs.

Linear designs 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.

Located at
Mbantua Darwin Gallery