Awely – Body Paint by Jessie Pitjara Hunter
Jessie Pitjara Hunter was born in 1957 at MacDonald Downs and is the sister of renowned artists Sandy, Annie and Susan Pitjara Hunter. Her work has been collected by many significant public and private galleries and institutions.
Jessie’s Dreaming is Awely (Body Paint). In her paintings, she symbolizes all that is associated with Awely – the decorated torsos of the women, the women’s ceremonial sites or dreaming places where women are gathered and the other representations of the ceremony – digging and music sticks, coolamons and feather adornments. Her paintings depict different body designs which are painted on the women’s breasts, arms and shoulders. She paints these designs from an aerial perspective.