Josie Petrick Kemarre
Josie Petrick Kemarre, © Utopia, Central Desert
Picture of Josie Petrick Kemarre
Every Eastern Arrernte woman inherits custodial responsibility for certain bush food species that pertain to the country of their father. While the father carries out the men's ceremonies each summer with his brothers and sons, and his brother's sons, the daughters "do awelye" (general women's business) or the ceremonial procedures of body-painting, song and dance, as a ritual that links into the ceremonial purpose of the clan group. Josie Petrick's perception of her desert world relates directly to the food her country offers and to her role as a food gatherer. Her visual form here is an aerial view of her country surrounding Atularaunga, N.E. of Alice Springs. We see the bush Tucker and its spread over the country, the different colors indicating its various stages of ripeness. Awelye "grows up" the bush tucker. The women believe that Awelye endows the country with a spiritual strength from which fertility and hardiness are sourced for the purpose of future bush food growth. This spiritual strength is also applied to the woman herself, who learns the social code that she must abide by in order to nurture herself and her offspring into maturity. Most of the people in the N.E. district of Alice Springs still believe that it is vital for the growth cycle of the plants that the relevant ceremonies/body paintings/song and dance cycles be carried out frequently or annually. Women are the principal gatherers of bush tucker and most of their Dreamings relate to bush tucker.

USD $11000
Every Eastern Arrernte woman inherits custodial responsibility for certain bush food species that pertain to the country of their father. While the father carries out the men's ceremonies each summer with his brothers and sons, and his brother's sons, the daughters "do awelye" (general women's business) or the ceremonial procedures of body-painting, song and dance, as a ritual that links into the ceremonial purpose of the clan group. Josie Petrick's perception of her desert world relates directly to the food her country offers and to her role as a food gatherer. Her visual form here is an aerial view of her country surrounding Atularaunga, N.E. of Alice Springs. We see the bush Tucker and its spread over the country, the different colors indicating its various stages of ripeness. Awelye "grows up" the bush tucker. The women believe that Awelye endows the country with a spiritual strength from which fertility and hardiness are sourced for the purpose of future bush food growth. This spiritual strength is also applied to the woman herself, who learns the social code that she must abide by in order to nurture herself and her offspring into maturity. Most of the people in the N.E. district of Alice Springs still believe that it is vital for the growth cycle of the plants that the relevant ceremonies/body paintings/song and dance cycles be carried out frequently or annually. Women are the principal gatherers of bush tucker and most of their Dreamings relate to bush tucker.

USD $4000
Josie Petrick Kemarre's roots are in the Utopia area of Central Australia. Her innovation of non-iconographic fields of dotted color to depict her dreamings, principally related to food gathering, have made her an artist of international stature. Her paintings employ the application of multitudinous small dots that when viewed from a distance appear to be in movement and constantly change and adjust to the viewer's perspective and to alterations in light.

ART


(Click on link(s) below to see painting details.)

Bush Berry/Tucker Dreaming
Bush Berry Dreaming

Additional Artist's Information

AAA


PRIVACY POLICY | CONTACT US | TERMS OF USE
4662 Luxberry Drive
Fairfax, VA 22032
703-989-6253
© Gallery Sydney-East.com