Body Painting Series by Abie Loy Kemarre
Title: Body Painting Series
Medium: Acrylic on Belgian Linen
Size: 150x127 cm
Artist: Abie Loy Kemarre
This artwork represents a Body painting design. Aboriginal women from Utopia call the body paint design 'Awelye , which ' also refers specifically to the designs applied to a women's body as part of a ceremony.
The Awelye is performed by Aboriginal women to recall their ancestors, to show respect for their country and to demonstrate their responsibility for the well-being 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 aboriginal food it provides. It is women's business and is never done in the presence of men.
The awelye ceremony begins with the women painting each others' bodies in designs relating to a particular women's Dreaming and in accordance with their skin name and tribal hierarchy. The awelye designs represent a range of Dreamings including animals and plants, healing and law. The 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 act of decorating the body transforms the individual and changes their identity. During the painting which can take up to three hours, the women chant their Dreaming. The final part of the ceremony is when the women dance and chant.
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