Title: Woman’s Ceremony
Artist: Bernadine Johnson
Size: 60 x 90 cm. Unframed
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
COA and pictures of the artist holding and signing her work will be provided.
The painting depicts Aboriginal Women’s Business is sacred business and it is a secret business. During the ceremony, important cultural knowledge and sacred practices are shared and the agreement is that participants do not talk about the particulars of the ceremonies with those who have not participated in them before.
In Utopia Art, one of the most common subjects is Awelye – (Anmatyerre spelling or Awely – Alyawarr spelling). Awelye is a word that describes everything to do with a women’s ceremony which includes the body paint designs. Women perform Awelye ceremonies to demonstrate respect for their country including Dreamtime stories that belong there and the total well-being and health of their community.