Awelye (Women's Ceremony), 2019
Acrylic on canvas
88 x 147 cm
This work depicts Awelye, the designs applied to a woman's body as part of their ceremonies. The Awelye (ceremony) is performed by Aboriginal women to recall their ancestors, to show respect for their country and to demonstrate their responsibility for the wellbeing of their community. Since it reflects women's role as the nurturer, the awelye makes connections with the fertility of the land and a celebration of the food it provides.
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