Both Steve and I have always loved Australian Aboriginal Art and enjoy spending time in galleries in Australia oohing and ahhing over different pieces. Recently, we have been looking for (and dreaming about) a new piece of art, and it lead me on a 'online' journey to look for some Aboriginal artworks.
As you can imagine, it is easy to get lost amongst all the beautiful colour, forms and techniques - a nice place to get lost mind you! It was on this 'lost' journey that I discovered the work of Minnie Pwerle.
Minnie herself was an amazing lady. Born C1920's, in the Northern Territory, north of Alice Springs. Minnie, the mother of seven children (including acclaimed artist Barbara Weir), lead a traditional life of child rearing, food gathering and ceremony.
Minnie first started painting on canvas when she was in her 80's. She painted her traditional designs of the awelye (women's ceremony) and Bush Melon Dreaming which she inherited.
I think what captures me most about Minnie's and other Australian Aboriginal works is the history and tradition behind each piece. A story that is well worth listening to and learning from. The Australian Aboriginal people are an amazing race and Minnie's works are beautiful.
For more information about Minnie and to view her work, please use the following links:
See you tomorrow! xxoo