Language Group: Anmatyerre
Country: Ngkwelaye and Irrweltye , Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen
Subjects: Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Arlatyeye (Pencil Yam), Merne Ngkweyang (Kurrajong Seed), Ntang Ngelyerr (Grass Seed), Bush Foods
Pauline began painting for Mbantua Gallery in 2000 along with many other women of her region. Pauline is shy and generally paints very fine dot work that tells the story of the women, either in ceremony or collecting food.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
|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; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland, Oregon; Art from the Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR|
|2004||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Portland, Hartford, Nashville and Knoxville, TN|
The linear designs in Pauline's painting represent Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs). These designs are painted onto the chest, breasts, arms and thighs. Powders ground from red and yellow 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.