Ariikerrthe – Mountain Devil Lizard


90 x 60 cm
Artist: Violet Petyarre

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Violet Petyarre

The curvilinear pattern throughout Violet’s painting represents Awelye — women’s ceremonial body paint design. These designs are associated with the dreaming story of the Arnkerrthe – Mountain Devil Lizard. This story belongs to the people from Atnangkere and Aihalkere country in the Utopia region, northeast of Alice Springs. The women smear their bodies with animal fat then trace these patterns onto their breasts, arms and thighs’, singing as each woman takes her turn to be ‘painted—up.’ Their songs relate to the ancestral travels of the Mountain Devil Lizard as it makes the long journey north to Waramugu country, carrying the ochre for body paint in the small sack on the back of its neck. The Mountain Devil Lizard has the ability to camouflage itself by changing colours. This is represented in this painting by the various colours Violet uses. The traditional colours used for ceremony are ochre red, yellow and white.

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Dimensions 90 x 60 cm

Stretched on frame, Unstretched rolled canvas

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