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Anna Price Petyarre


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Title: Awelye
Artist: Anna Petyarre Price
Size: 200 x 60 cm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas

COA and pictures of the artist holding and signing her work will be provided.


Awelye Atnwengerrp Dreamings. The distinctive style used linear brush-work based on the body painting used for important women’s ceremonies in their native country of Atnwengerrp. They  painted with a rich array of colours and her work contained a compelling visual and spiritual power.
All the stories painted conveyed deep connection with the land, and knowledge of the foods that it provides. Besides Women’s Dreaming, 
The depiction refers to the women's ceremonies performed at Atnwengerrp - the artists homeland. The circles represent bush melon fruit, which once grew plentiful, but now days difficult to find. The Aboriginal women gathered the fruit, either to be eaten or dried, when bush tucker became scarce.
The painting depicts Aboriginal Women’s Business is sacred business and it is a secret business. During the ceremony, important cultural knowledge and sacred practices are shared and the agreement is that participants do not talk about the particulars of the ceremonies with those who have not participated in them before.
In Utopia Art, one of the most common subjects is Awelye - (Anmatyerre spelling or Awely - Alyawarr spelling). Awelye is a word that describes everything to do with a women’s ceremony which includes the body paint designs. Women perform Awelye ceremonies to demonstrate respect for their country including Dreamtime stories that belong there and the total well-being and health of their community.

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