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SP8948

Awelye (Women's Ceremony)

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Acrylic on Canvas
Size
30 x 30cm
Year Painted
2021
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SP8948

Awelye (Women's Ceremony)

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May Lewis Pwerle Born: 1964 Language Group: Alyawarre Country: Atnwenger…

Artist Profile

May Lewis Pwerle

Born: 1964

Language Group: Alyawarre

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

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk and Cotton

Subjects: Awelye (Women's Ceremonial Body Paint Designs), Akarley (Northern Wild Orange), Country, Bush Foods

May began painting for Mbantua Gallery in 1996 along with her sisters Dorothy, Topsy, Mary, Mavis and Gypsy. These sisters are married into the Jones family of Utopia and therefore go by either the Lewis or the Jones surname.

May's paintings are commonly based on Awelye that is performed for the Akarley which is a bush orange that can be found throughout her country. Her paintings consist of refined dot work in various colours and patterns.

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Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

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Artist Name:
May Lewis Pwerle
Artwork Size:
30 x 30cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted:
2021
Title:
Awelye (Women's Ceremony)
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.

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In this painting, May illustrates Awelye (Women's Ceremony). Women perform Awelye ceremonies to demonstrate respect for their country and the total well-being and health of their community.

The women sing the songs associated with their Awelye as each woman takes her turn to be 'painted-up'. Dancing sticks can also be seen next to the women.

Linear designs are painted onto their 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. Concentric circles represent the site where the Awelye is being performed. Background dotting represents May's country, Atnwergerrp.

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Mbantua Alice Gallery (MGA)

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