(Australia circa 1930 – )
- 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
- 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,
- 76.0 x 56.0 cm image / sheet
- Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, pencil "A.B.". Not dated.
- Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1999
- Accession number
- © Ada Petyarre Petyarre. Licensed by Copyright Agency