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Jeannie Mills Pwerle / Yam Dreaming (IW8742)
152cm x 88cm Acrylic on CanvasView more from artist
152cm x 88cm Acrylic on Canvas
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Jeannie Mills Pwerle was born on 15 May 1965. She is an Alywarr woman from the Utopia region in Central Australia. Jeannie comes from one of the most celebrated painting families in Australia. She is the daughter of senior Utopian artist Dolly Mills and the niece of the late Greeny Purvis Petyarre who was a tribal elder, senior artist and ceremonial leader who lived at Boundary Bore, Utopia. Other relatives include the most famous of the female aboriginal artists – the late Emily Kame Kngwarre and respected senior artists Barbara Weir and Gloria Petyarre.
Jeannie is a quiet lady who chooses to spend most of her time in her traditional homelands at Utopia with her immediate family creating her stunning artworks. With painting ‘in her blood’ Jeannie was destined to be a great artist. Her beautiful Yam Dreaming artworks have been snapped up by both Australian and International collectors.
Jeannie has been included in high profile exhibitions such as 2006 Colours of Utopia at Japingka Gallery, Fremantle and the 2007 aboriginal art and culture exhibition in Sydney in conjunction with NAIDOC week celebrations.
In 2008, Jeannie was selected as a finalist in the 25th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, a wonderful achievement for a young artist.
The painting depicts the Bush Yam. The seed of the yam is represented by the fine white dot work and the thick colourful brushwork represents the flower and the vegetable. Jeannie’s style is unique and her palette is bright and bold.
The Desert yam is an important food source for the Aboriginal people from Utopia in central Australia. It has an impressive root system, spreading up to twelve metres from the stalk, and is commonly found in woodland areas nearby a water source.
Its bright green leaves and yellow flowers, can spread over quite a wide area, growing strongly until after the rainfall months when it is harvested by digging it out of the ground. By depicting the Yam Dreaming in their paintings, indigenous artists are able to pay homage to this significant plant and encourage its continual rejuvenation.
The women perform in their Awelye ceremonies certain songlines and dance cycles to show respect for their country and to ensure continues productivity of the Desert yam.
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