In this painting Minnie Pwerle depicts the ceremony of the Bush Melon . This is a kind of fruit that is common in Utopia, the area where Minnie is from.
At the performance of the ceremony of the Bush Melon, women sing and dance and are decorated with body paint. During the performing of the dance, the women create long tracks in the sand by the movement of their feet. In her paintings, Minnie depicts these tracks by painting lines in different colours en thickness. Minnie painted several paintings with these patterns, which stand out because of the contrasting use of colour.
Utopia Station, Northern Territory
Minnie was born around 1910 near the cattle station of Utopia in Northern Territory. She belongs to the Anmatyerre and Alyawarr language groups. She is the mother of acclaimed artist Barbara Weir. Like many other Utopia women artists, Minnie participated in the batik project which was introduced to the community in 1977. Although painting started in the late 1980s in her community, Minn . . .