VALORINE KNGWARREYE MORGAN
Hand Signed, Original Acrylic On Canvas
Title: My Grandmother's Country
Image Size: 86cm x 63cm
Condition: Excellent - New
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Valorine depicts the Awelye (women's ceremonial body paint) for the ancestral dreamtime stories of the Anemangkerr (bush melon or tomato) which belong to her grandmother's country, Atnwengerrp, in the Utopia Region. Her grandmother is the late Minnie Pwerle and Valorine inherited the permission to paint this design by her aunty who is Betty Mpetyane (daughter of Minnie Pwerle).
The linear pattern of stripes and curves throughout Valorine's painting illustrates the Awelye. After smearing their bodies with animal fat, the women trace these designs onto their breasts, arms and thighs, singing as each woman takes her turn to be 'painted-up'.
Their songs relate to the dreamtime stories of ancestral travel, dance and other totemic plants, animals and natural forces.
Awelye demonstrates respect for the land and by performing these ceremonies they ensure well-being and happiness within their communities.
The concentric circles represent waterholes. The small circles throughout this painting depict the Anemangkerr.