Emily Pwerle (EP-1003) – Awelye (60cm x 90cm)
Acrylic on Linen
- Artist Biography
Artist: Emily Pwerle
Size: 60cm x 90cm
Medium: Acrylic on Linen
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Emily Pwerle is the sister of another very well known artist, Minnie Pwerle, and comes from the area of Utopia, also known as Urauntja, which lies 300km northeast of Alice Springs. Emily was encouraged to paint by Minnie's daughter, Barbara Weir, also a high profile artist, and in 2004, together with her sisters Molly and Galya, began their first workshop at the Ulotja Outstation, which continued with a major workshop run every six weeks. During the workshops, all artists including Minnie, would come together and work on a collaborative canvases as well as their own individual canvas. The sisters live together at Irrultja, a tiny settlement at Utopia which is home to about 100 people. In their paintings, the sisters draw the same dreaming as Minnie and Barbara. One of their important dreaming is the bush tomato (Solanum Chippendale), whose name in Alyawarr is Anemangkerr (pronounced similarly to numun-gurra). The circular shape which appears in many of Emily's canvases represents the bush tomato. Although the seed of the bush tomato is bitter and poisonous, the flesh is an important staple food throughout Utopia and other parts of Central Australia.