Lot 332: Candy Nakamarra 2008 Womens ceremony synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
December 11, 2016
Sydney, AustraliaLive Auction
synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
152 x 91 cm
Ngintaka Arts, N.T. Cooee Art Gallery, NSW
This painting depicts Awelye the womens ceremonial design. After smearing their bodies with animal fat, the women trace the designs onto their breasts, arms and thighs singing as each woman has a turn to be ''painted up''. The songs relate to the Dreamtime stories of Ancestral Travel and other plants, animals and natural forces. Awely-Womens ceremony demonstrates respect for the land and in performing these ceremonies they ensure well being and happiness within the communities.