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Awely

AWELY

Accession ID:

2001.1

Name:

Awely

Category:

Item

Type:

ArtWork

Maker:

Ada Bird Petyarre

Date:

2000

Description

Decorated by small hand executed brush wax application batik on silk. Ada Bird Petyarre often used stylised Awely designs in her work representing women’s ceremonial body painting, but she made recourse to a wide repertoire of motifs based on traditional Aboriginal life. Her country was Atnankere and language Anmatyerre. Utopia batik is famous for its gutsy, spontaneous style. The style is fluidly dictated by mark marking, with hot wax dripped from a charged brush (or ‘tjanting’) around a communal wax pot. The traditional technique of the ‘tjap’ requires a fixed studio arrangement with a single artist at a special printing table. The Utopia artists' natural disposition more readily favours the batik application method of the communal wax pot, creating movement and spontaneity.


History

Utopia Collection TM and National Textile Collection, Tamworth Regional Gallery.


Significance

Provenance: Purchased with the help of Tamworth Regional Gallery Friends.


Associated Subjects