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Minnie Pwerle Painting offered by Aboriginal Art Gallery in Gold Coast
Minnie Pwerle Painting offered by Aboriginal Art Gallery in Gold Coast

Minnie Pwerle (1910/2006)

Awelye
Cat. No. 2142
Acrylic on Canvas, Year 2005
45 x 150 cm (18" x 59")
POA
Minnie Pwerle painted Awelye, a title that refers to women’s ceremonies and body paint and to significant aspects of life as experienced by Aboriginal people for many generations. These may be sources of food like bush fruits, body paint, ceremonies or dancing lines as well as their homeland Atnwengerrp, a region of Utopia, some 250 km’s north-west of Alice Springs in Central Australia. For example, when Minnie paints dancing lines, she replicates dancing tracks which are painted on women’s bodies before a ceremony is performed, and this same design can be seen today in some of her paintings. Other paintings show bush fruits like bush melon, bush tomato or rock melon – all used in body paint.