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SP8773

My Mother's Awelye (Women's Ceremony) Story

Medium
Acrylic on Canvas
Size
30 x 30cm
Year Painted
2021
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Artist Profile

Dora Mpetyane Born: 1965 Language Group: Anmatyerre Country: Alhalpere, U…

Artist Profile

Dora Mpetyane

Born: 1965

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Country: Alhalpere, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen

Subjects: My Mother's Awelye (Women's Ceremony) Story, Ahakeye (Bush Plum), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs)

Dora began painting for Mbantua Gallery in 2003. She paints the story of the Ahakeye (Bush Plum) Dreaming and the Bush Berry Dreaming, as well as her mother's story, Awelye (Women's Ceremony), as does her sister, Betty Mpetyane - a well-known and respected artist from the Utopia region. Dora is the daughter of Minnie Pwerle and has four children herself.

Initially Dora worked in the medium of batik along with over eighty other women from the Utopia Region in Central Australia. Her work in batik is featured in "Utopia - A Picture Story".

Barbara Weir is Dora's older sister. With the influences of Barbara, Betty and Minnie, Dora will undoubtedly share her artistic influences for many years to come.

Collections

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth

Exhibitions

1990 Utopia - A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Robert Holmes à Court Collection by Utopia Artists which toured Eire and Scotland.
2002 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR
2003 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT, Australia

Further References

Brody, A. 1990, Utopia - A Picture Story, The Robert Holmes à Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth

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Artist Name:
Dora Mpetyane
Artwork Size:
30 x 30cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted:
2021
Title:
My Mother's Awelye (Women's Ceremony) Story
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.

Description

Dora has painted the Awelye (Women's Ceremonial Body Paint Designs) for the ancestral dreamtime stories of the Anemangkerr (bush melon or tomato) which belong to her mother's country, Atnwengerrp, in the Utopia Region. Dora inherited the permission to paint this design by her mother, the late Minnie Pwerle.

The bold linear pattern of stripes and curves throughout Dora's painting illustrates the Awelye. After smearing their bodies with animal fat, the women trace these designs onto their breasts, arms and thighs, singing as each woman takes her turn to be 'painted-up'. Their songs relate to the dreamtime stories of ancestral travel, dance and other totemic plants, animals and natural forces. Awelye demonstrates respect for the land. In performing these ceremonies they ensure well-being and happiness within their communities.

Concentric circles represent waterholes and small circles depict the Anemangkerr.

Located at
Mbantua Alice Gallery (MGA)

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