Artist: Charmaine Pwerle
Size: 100 x 70cm
Med: Acrylic on Linen
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The inspiration for Charmaines’ painting comes from the Awelye – body paint designs associated with the stories from her grandmother’s country Atnwengerrp, in the Utopia region of Central Australia.
In a style reminiscent of her late Grandmother’s, the highly acclaimed Australian Artist Minnie Pwerl, Charmaine is able to share these sacred Awelye designs. Women anoint their upper body with markings, relating to a particular women’s dreaming, before dancing in a ceremony. These markings or designs are painted on the chest and shoulders using powders ground from ochre, charcoal and ash. It is applied with a flat stick with padding or with fingers in raw linear and curved lines. The circles represent the sites and movement where ceremonies are held.