Awely – Body Paint by Joy Jones
Joy Jones’ inspiration for her paintings is derived from her knowledge of Awely or women’s business which are ceremonies associated with women’s social structure and ritual knowledge. Awely also describes the painted designs and images associated with women’s rituals.
The Custodian Women paint their upper bodies for these ceremonies. These designs which are painted on the breasts and upper torsos of the women are the source of inspiration for Joy’s work.
During the ceremonies women congregate around various ceremonial sites or sacred ground paintings. It is at these ceremonial gatherings that the women, especially the younger ones, are taught the tribal Dreamings, or Rules of Life.