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Eileen Mbitjana ‘PG14003’
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Dreaming: Awelye (Body Paint)
Size: 31cm x 31cm
Collection: ‘Colours of the desert’
Eileen is daughter to the late Minnie Pwerle and Barbara Weir’s sister.
Minnie was married to the late Glory Ngarla’s late brother ‘Motorcar’ Jim, and together they had six children: Eileen, Betty, June and Raymond, and two other daughters who passed away several years ago.
This dreaming is titled ‘Awelye — Women’s Ceremony’.
This artwork is apart of the ‘Colours of the desert’ virtual exhibition.
This piece was painted in 2022 and is 31cm x 31cm in size.
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Eileen’s Awelye paintings depict the designs that the women would paint on their bodies, and the dancing tracks which are made in the sand during women’s awelye ceremony. Through their awelye ceremonies, women pay homage to their ancestors, show respect for their country and dance out their collective maternal role within their community.
A design based on these dancing tracks is painted on women’s bodies before a ceremony is performed, and this same design can be seen today in Dora’s works on canvas and in the works of her mother, sisters, and aunts. Ochre, charcoal and ash are all used to paint designs on the women’s upper bodies, and Pwerle women paint their chests, breasts and upper arms for awelye in ochre, red and white. The designs they use have been passed down for many generations, and only the Pwerle or Kemarre owners can paint them.
All the artwork provided is done on with highest quality linen canvas, acrylic paints, oils and brushes ensuring the longevity of each piece of work.