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Barbara Weir Utopia Aboriginal Artist
Barbara Weir Utopia Aboriginal Artist

Barbara Weir

My Mother's Country
Cat. No. 4633
Acrylic on Linen, Year 2007
90 x 120 cm (35" x 47")
POA
The title of this painting refers to the country on which Barbara grew up. It is therefore larded with memories, some of them very poignant. Referring to 'armorphic shapes' in this painting, Robin Usher suggested " These shapes are the areas where she has over painted to conceal symbols of sacred story that are painted beneath and not meant to be seen. Such areas refer to secret abandoned campsites that people made as they trekked across the country in search of food, women's coolamons used to collect fruit and berries and/or forms of women's body that are adorned with paint for ceremony. Sometimes she incorporates the linear patterns to represent women's body designs - stripes that are traditionally applied to breasts, arms and legs for ceremonies known as Awelye.