Awelye ( Body paint design)
This painting refers to two significant elements, Awelye and Bush melons, from the late Minnie Pwerle's Holland of Atnwengerrp ( Utopia) in Central Australia. Awelye refers to Womens ceremonies and body paint. The women anoint their upper body with oil and apply ochre markings, before dancing their ceremony. Bush Melon ( circles) is said the be found only in Atnwengerrp.
This artwork depicts the Mina Mina country and Yingipurlangu, Judys homeland on the border of the Tanami and Gibson Deserts in Central Australia. The depiction recounts the artist journey, when she and other Warlpiri women would walk on foot for long periods of time. They gathered bush tucker, such as wanakijii,yakajiri and Wardapi. Mina Mina country is a place significant to Napangardi and Napanangka women who are the custodians of the Dreaming.