Women in Ceremony by Angelina Pwerle Ngala
In this Women in Ceremony painting, Angelina has illustrated some of the Aboriginal women and doctors covered in awelye (body paint designs), prepared to sing and dance to help remove any sickness related to the atham-areny. Linear patterns in the background represent body paint designs.
The atham-areny are very little spirits of the country. They are colourless and live in the ground [or places] where the fire does not belong.
Angelina tells the story that these creatures can be known to come out of their homes and steal and hide the babies in the community. It is important that they stay by the fire. If the atham-areny does touch you, you will feel sick. If this happens a witch doctor must come to sing and dance the sickness out.
- Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands.
- The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
- The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
- The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
- Artbank, Sydney
- Commonwealth Law Courts, Melbourne.
- LaTrobe University Collection, Melbourne
- Gallery of Modern Arts, Brisbane
- 1989 – Utopia Women’s Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
- 1993 – Utopia Women, MCA
- 1994 – The Oval Board Collection, Hawaii
- 1994 – Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs.
- 1996 – Painted People: Sculpture from Utopia, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney
- 1997 – 14th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
- 1998 – Sixth Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne
- 1999 – Blue Chip 2 The Collector’s Exhibtition, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
- 2000 – Not the Done Thing!, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
- 2003, 2005 – Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
- 2004 – EXPLAINED, A closer look at Aboriginal Art, Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
- 2006 – Senior Women of Utopia, GalleryG, Brisbane
- 2006 – Lorraine Diggins, London
- 2007 – Patterns of Power, Art from the Eastern Desert, Simmer on the Bay, Sydney
- 2007 – Eastern Desert Dreaming – Artists from Utopia, GalleryG, Brisbane
- 2008 – Moscow World Fine Art Fair, Moscow, Russia
- 2008 – Emily Kngwarreye and Her Legacy, Tokyo, Japan
- 2009 – Finalist Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
- 2009 – Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
- 2010 – The Utopia Story, Australasian Arts Projects, Singapore
- 2010 – Aboriginal Artists in London June 11 – 13, London, UK
- 2011 – Aboriginal Art from Utopia, Without Pier Art Gallery, Melbourne
- 2011 – Australasian Arts Projects, Singapore
- 2012 – Aboriginal Artists in London, London, UK
- 2012 – Belongings, Australasian Arts Projects, Singapore
- 2013 – Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, South Australia
- 2014 – Without Pier Art Gallery, Melbourne