An image of Awelye

Ada Bird Petyarre

(Australia circa 1930 – )

Community
Akaye Soakage (Mulga Bore), Central Desert region, Utopia, Central Desert region
Language group
Alyawarr, Central Desert region, Anmatyerr, Central Desert region

Awelye, from the portfolio Crossroads

Location
Not on display
Further information

In this print Ada Bird Petyarre depicts the awelye (body paint) for arnkerrthe, the mountain devil lizard. The mass of curved lines is directly taken from the lines of ochre painted on the breasts, shoulders and upper torso of the body. Ada Bird has transformed this linear pattern into a complex and interlocking arrangement of forms that represent the women gathering for the ceremony.

The mountain devil lizard is the important ancestral figure for Ada Bird and her country, Anungara.

[extract from "Crossroads - A Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Artists"]

Place of origin
Central and Western Desert, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
1997
Media
Print
Medium
screenprint
Dimensions
76.0 x 56.0 cm image / sheet
Signature & date

Signed l.l. corner, pencil "A.B.". Not dated.

Credit
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1999
Accession number
62.1999.2
Copyright
© Ada Petyarre Petyarre. Licensed by Copyright Agency