SP7307

My Country SP7307-Janet Golder Kngwarreye


Medium
Acrylic on Canvas
Size
30 x 30cm

$140.00
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SP7307

My Country SP7307-Janet Golder Kngwarreye

Janet paints her country, Alhalkere. Linear designs 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. Women are represented by 'U' shaped motifs, and 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 also depicts 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. Concentric circles represent waterholes.

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