Language Group: Anmatyerre
Country: Ngkwarlerlaneme and Arnkawenyerr, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk
Subjects: Yerrampe (Honey Ant) Dreaming, Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Soakage, Mulga Tree, Grasses, Bush Potato
Nora is the daughter of Lena Pwerle and the late Left Hand Sam Kngwarreye. Nora was unavailable at the time of the Utopia - A Picture Story project during the 1980's but with several other women, works were commissioned for the Robert Holmes á Court collection and are included in the publication. In the late 1980's Nora moved into the medium of acrylics with the other women of Utopia and has never looked back. Her paintings often represent her age-old Dreaming story of Yerrampe (Honey Ant) from her countries, Ngkwarlerlaneme and Arnkawenyerr in the northern reaches of the Utopia region. Her father was one of the owners of these countries which meant he was a teacher of the Dreaming stories.
Nora is a kind woman with powerful voice, much like her mother who is an influential elder in Utopia. Nora lives in the Utopia region with her mother and large extended family, including artists Rosie Pwerle and Julie Pengarte.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth
|1989||Utopia Women's Paintings, the first Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-1989, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney|
|1990||'Utopia- A Picture Story', an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes á Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland|
|2002||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR|
|2003||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR|
|2003||Art from the Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum in association with Mbantua Gallery, Portland, Oregon USA|
|2004||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibition; Portland, Nashville, Knoxville and Hartford|
|Brody A.||1989, Utopia Women's Paintings: the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89. cat. Heytesbury Holdings, Perth|
|Brody, A.||1990, Utopia: a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth|
|Cochrane, G.||1992, The Crafts Movement in Australia: a History, New South Wales University Press, Kensington, New South Wales|
Nora uses circular designs to represent soakages that dot her land in the Utopia Region. Nora recalls that these soakages, now all dried and used up, had plenty of water in them long ago, even when she was growing up, providing her people with a much needed water supply. With their intimate knowledge of the land, Noras people knew how and where to find them in their harsh desert environment.
Oval shaped designs represent coolamons (full of mulga seeds) which are typical instruments used for collecting many bush foods and linear designs represent water running after rain. Nora also paints Mulga trees that can be found in her country.