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Galya Pwerle Utopia Aboriginal Artist
Galya Pwerle Utopia Aboriginal Artist

Galya Pwerle

Awelye
Cat. No. 3643
Acrylic on Linen, Year 2005
113 x 114 cm (44" x 45")
POA
Galya's work is distinctive and individual. Her initial paintings from c 2004 were based on grass that was plentiful in the Utopia area; Portulaca Oleracea, which had provided a vital food source for many generations. Cattle grazing, over a fifty-year period, reduced the prolific nature of this grass. Consequently Galya is recalling, in her paintings, the time when its seeds were a significant part of the diet of her clan. As such, important dreaming stories developed around this grass and its seed. The seed may seem insignificant to western notions but for the women of Utopia it holds a place of importance.