Title: My Mother’s Country
Artist: Barbara Weir ( daughter of the late Minnie Pwerle )
Size: 121 x 125 cm Unframed
Medium: Acrylic on Linen 2012
COA and pictures of the artist holding and signing her work will be provided
‘My Mother’s Country’, another renowned style of Barbara’s, is a series of works testament to her skill as an artist. Completely different to the Grass Seed, these works are an intricate formation of dot work, with various background shapes representing different aspects of the country. This background can be very subtle or quite dramatic in appearance depending on the main theme but this series of works illustrates Barbara’s knowledge and respect for her country. Barbara’s limited Countryside paintings depict similar subjects with subtle differences in colour and dot work.
“This is called My Mother’s Country, its about my mothers place. Its got a lot of sacred things for women’s ceremonies. In my mother’s place, the river goes through all to the to Camooweal.”
Barbara creates a cosmic feel to her expression with finely executed dots in which float various anamorphic shapes, that are more intensely worked. These shapes are the areas where she has over painted to conceal symbols of sacred story that are painted beneath and not meant to be seen. Such areas refer to secret abandoned camp-sites that people made as they trekked across the country in search of food, women’s coolamons used to collect fruit and berries and/or forms of women’s body that are adorned with paint for ceremony. Sometimes she incorporates the linear patterns to represent women’s body designs – stripes that are traditionally applied to breasts, arms and legs for ceremonies known as Awelye .
In the Dreamtime these paintings are on rocks in that country, but they have been lost or damaged. All these places in my mother’s country, all the sacred places of hers.