Language Group: Alyawarre
Country: Arawerre (Soapy Bore), Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk
Subjects: Sugar Bag (Native Honey), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Women's Stories
Susan was involved in the Utopia Women's Batik. Her work is represented in 'A Picture Story', a project initiated by CAAMA in the late 80's. She also began painting on canvas in the late 80's and has been involved in many group exhibitions including the Robert Holmes à Court touring exhibition of silk batiks.
From a family of artists, Susan's mother, Molly Pwerle; her older sisters, Annie and Jessie; and also her older brother, Sandy Hunter, are all renowned artists. All have a refined style, often their whole painting will consist of patterns of individual fine dots, reflecting their story and Arawerre country. They also paint stories associated with Atnwengerrp and Irrweltye their mother's country.
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT
The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth, WA
Susan's painting represents Sugarbag. Sugarbag is bush honey of Australian native bees. Susan finds bush honey in the trees in her country, the Utopia region. The honey is very sweet. Susan paints the flowers, leaves and seeds (dot work) of the tree.