Women’s Ceremony by Katie Kemarre and Angelina Ngala
Katie Kemarre and Angelina Ngala painted together Women’s Ceremony. They are great friends and share the story of Athem-Areny. In this painting, Katie Kemarre and Angelina Ngala have illustrated some of the Aboriginal women covered in body paint in preparation to sing and dance to help remove any sickness related to the bad spirits – in this case the atham-areny. Linear patterns in the background represent body paint designs.
Katie Kemarre was involved with the Summer Project in the early 1990’s which introduced many Utopian’s into the art of painting. Katie’s artwork evolves continually which reflects the nature of her personality and community. Katie occasionally makes wood carvings, such as bowls, for her community.
An important Dreaming story for Katie often depicted in her artwork is the Ngkweyang (Kurrajong Seed).
Angeline Pwerle Ngala has come into international prominence with her interpretation of her Dreaming – the Bush Plum – Arnwekety on her grandfather’s country, Arlparra.
The subtle changes in the depth and intensity of her dot-work produce a multi-dimensional textured surface. Angeline also does figurative work in strong, striking colours.
Married to the painter and sculptor Louis Pwerle (deceased) Angeline is the sister of painters Kathleen Ngala and Polly Ngala all of whom paint the Dreaming – Bush Plum. Angeline was part of the batik project in 1988 and her work is featured in the Robert Holmes á Court Collection which has toured extensively within Australia and overseas. She began to use the medium of acrylic paint on canvas in the summer of 1988-9 as part of the CAAMA project with the Utopia women’s paintings: ‘The First works on Canvas, A Summer Project’. She has continued to paint with acrylics on canvas.