Born in 1966 into the Alyawarr tribe, Indigenous artist Susan Pitjara Hunter is the younger sister of artists Annie, Jessie and Sandy. She lives at the outstation on Arlparra (Utopia), central Australia. Susan lives a traditional Indigenous life and spends her time in on her homelands. She is one of the most talented Aboriginal artists in this region and has always had a deep sense of belonging to her country as well as has remained steadfastly a bush woman.
the artist meticulous execution of Women’s Business is rendered with extreme care and respect for her subject matter.
Susan Hunter’s inspiration for her paintings is derived from her knowledge of Awely or women’s business. They are ceremonies associated with women’s social structure and ritual knowledge. For example, sourcing food and women’s role as the provider is an important part of Awely. Bush Honey Grevillea depicted in this painting is very important to the bush women of Utopia. It’s sweet nectar is relished and is a symbol of abundance in their culture. This plant is celebrated in the women’s ceremonies (Awely).