Language Group: Alywarre
Country: Atnwengerrp, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen
Subjects: Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Women's Stories, Country, Women Collecting Bush Food, Akarley (Bush Orange)
Dorothy has been painting for Mbantua Gallery since 2001. Her style of painting often comprises of simple iconography representing women preparing for or participating in Awelye woman's ceremonies and the body paint design associated with these ceremonies. Her backdrops of linear or patchwork patterns are created by applying very fine dots. Dorothy is second wife to Lenny Kngwarreye Jones.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
Dorothy has painted beautiful design that represents the land; her country. All of Dorothy's Dreamtime stories belong to her country, Atnwengerrp. Awelye (women's ceremonies) are performed by Dorothy and the aboriginal women of her country to demonstrate respect for their country and the total well-being and health of their community. Designs are painted onto their bodies, the women sing and dance and stir up the dust as they perform the Awelye for their country. Country is very important.