About The Artist
Born: – 1925 @ MacDonald Downs
Language: – Alyawarr
Region: – Utopia Northern Territory
Dreaming: – Awelye (Body Paint), Bush Plum (Arnwekety)
Mary is one of the senior women on Utopia, and as such is passionately involved in maintaining traditional practices for her people. She is highly regarded for her bush medicine skills.
Mary’s entire oeuvre is devoted to Awelye, which refers to the ceremonial world of women’s business and includes women’s ceremonial body designs. These ceremonies are associated with women’s social structure and ritual knowledge. Awelye can also refer to particular ceremonies and its songs, dances and designs.
This energy and passion as custodian of the Awelye is reflected in the innate lyricism in her work