My Country ~ Sandhills and River Bed Country
This outstanding artwork depicts in fine detail multi layered elements, which are closely associated with the Artist's homelands of Atneltyeye, Utopia in central Australia. This illustration is important visually and spiritually of country, sand hills and significant landmarks for ceremonies.
Nguru Winparrku - Wana Jukurrpa ( Mt Webb Dreaming)
This painting depicts the sacred mountain Winparrku (Mt Webb) and the natural landscape and sacred sites in the surrounding landscape in Pintupi country between Kintore and Kiwirrkura and near Papunya in the Gibson Desert, and not far from Yuendumu.
Bush Medicine Leaves
This work represents the leaves of the Kurrajong tree used in the Utopia region to treat a variety of ailments. The women collect the leaves, dry and mix them with Kangaroo fat, in order to extract the plant's medicinal qualities. The significance of the Kurrajong tree and the part it plays in healing is celebrated in the Women's Awelye ceremonies.
This work depicts the grass which was found at Utopia until the introduction of cattle grazing in the early 20th century. The grass is important to the Aboriginal people because its seeds were ground up to make flour. The seeds fell to the ground and were difficult to see, so the Aboriginal people would look for the nesting site of a particular ant. This ant would eat a certain part of the seed then discard the rest. The seeds would be found in a pile outside their nest, the women would collect them clean them and grind them into a flour, which would then be used to make bread. Due to the availability of ready made bread this practice is no longer common, but the Dreeaming for the grass seed has been passed to Barbara from her anscestors and is important to her people.
Awelye ( Body Paint)
Charmaine is a talented artist and paints the same stories as her grandmother Minnie Pwerle. There are likenesses between their works although Charmaine's are more precise and have layered patterns. Her Awelye paintings depict the traditional body paint designs for women's ceremony
This artwork refers to Kudditji Kngwarreye's ancestral country of Utopia in central Australia. It also depicts men's ceremonial sites and Emu Dreaming. Kudditji is a traditional custodian of this country including Emu Dreaming and is the younger brother of the renowned artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye.