Awelye & Bush Melon by Betty Mbitjana
Title: Awelye & Bush Melon
Medium: Acrylic on Belgian Linen
Size: 46x35 cm
Artist: Betty Mbitjana
- Utopia Aboriginal Art: Aboriginal Paintings from the Central Desert
- Aboriginal Women
- Aboriginal Food
- Awelye (Womens Ceremony) Art
With the use of Aboriginal iconography this artwork refers to the artists country of Atnwengerrp and the women's ceremonies performed, which is illustrated with U shaped motifs and lines. The lines represent awelye . The large concentric circles represent the ceremonial sites.
The small circles depicted refers to the bush melon fruit, which once grew plentiful, but now days difficult to find. The Aboriginal women gathered the fruit, either to be eaten or dried, when bush tucker became scarce. The multi coloured brush-strokes represent the wild flowers, which at certain times of the year blossom and transform the barren landscape.
If you would like to know more about Awelye & Bush Melon and the relationship with Aboriginal Art and culture, please read the following articles, or view video footage of Aboriginal Women applying body paint design:
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