This painting represents Awelye (Women's Ceremony) associated with the stories from Queenie's countries, Atnwengerrp and Irrweltye.
The linear designs in Queenie's painting represent the ceremonial body paint designs. These designs are painted onto the chest, breasts, arms and thighs of the women. Powders ground from 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.
Red ochre and white are the true colours that are used for Queenie's ceremonies.