Lot 255: Violet Petyarre 2002 Awelye synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
December 11, 2016
Ashfield, AustraliaLive Auction
synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
200 x 120 cm
Urapunja Artists, Utopia, Northern Territory (stock STI-06502) Simon Turner International, NSW Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney NSW
2003 - Woolloongabba Art Gallery, QLD 2012 - ''Big Country: Australian Aboriginal Art Coast to Coast'', Jeffrey Moose Gallery Seattle USA
This painting depicts the Awelye ceremonial body paint design used by the women in the ceremony.
These designs are painted onto the chest, breasts, arms and thighs. Powders ground from ohre (clays), charcoal and ash are used as body paint and applied with a flat stick with soft padding. They call this stick ''typale''. The women sing the songs associated with their awelye as each women takes her turn to be ''painted-up''. Women perform awelye ceremonies to demonstrate respect for their country and the total well-being and health of their community.