Margaret Turner Petyarre
Margaret Turner Petyarre is a full blooded Aboriginal of the Alyawarre Tribe located in the Northern Territory of Australia. Margaret was born at Lake Nash; near the Queensland border.
Margaret lives in Arlparra in the Utopia Region, north east of Alice Springs. She worked in batik before commencing to paint with acrylic on canvas. In her depiction of traditional stories she has moved from the fine dotting technique employed in her batik work to realist elements and now has reduced the iconographic elements to a minimalist use of fine dots
Women's Ceremony Dreaming
The lines in the painting indicate body-paint. The small dots depicted throughout the painting represent a variety of seed, which are an important food supply for the Aboriginal people. The seeds are also used to make bush medicine. The older women take the young girls to different places around Utopia to collect seeds from special plants. Back at the camp the seeds are dried and some are boiled to extract the resin. Kangaroo or emu fat is mixed into the resin, creating a paste, that can be stored for a long time in bush conditins. This medicine is used to heal cuts, wounds, bites, rashes and also acts as an insect repellent.
Body-paint designs in a painting is an indication that the women are preparing or performing a ceremony. Ceremonies to the Aboriginal people are like schools to us. Eash ceremony aims to teach the young, exchange and pass on ancestral knowledge between families.
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