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Belinda Golder Kngwarreye

"Women's Ceremony" by Belinda Golder


Size:         105 x 90cm

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Title:        Women's Ceremony

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Belinda Golder Kngwarreye, an Anmatyerre artist hailing from the Utopia Homelands in Central Australia, embodies a strong artistic lineage. Born in 1986, she is affiliated with the Mulga Bore clan country. Her familial ties to the arts are noteworthy, as her grandmother, Polly Ngale, is a prominent Utopia artist, while her mother, Bessie Purvis Petyarre, and sister, Janet Golder, also excel in the field. In addition, her great aunts, Kathleen Ngale and Angelina Ngale, are revered artists within their own right.

Belinda's artistic narrative revolves around the Bush Plum Dreaming story, an heirloom from her grandmother, Polly Ngale. Her distinctive technique involves portraying the kaleidoscopic hues of the bush plum plant as the fruits mature.

About the painting

Belinda's artistic creations stem from a profound understanding of traditional knowledge. Her adept handling of painting becomes apparent in the deliberate arrangement of bush seed images, utilizing layered dots to produce a dense surface adorned with a vibrant array of colours. Belinda's choice of subject matter originates from acute observation and memory, reflecting an intimate familiarity with the land, intertwined with personal and ancestral narratives.

In one of her artworks, Belinda portrays a Women's Dreaming story, amalgamating her homeland with essential elements such as bush tucker and waterholes that hold paramount significance during women's extensive bush ceremonies. These ceremonial sites host pivotal rituals, including the retelling of the Desert Yam (or Bush Plum) story, which originates from her familial land.

The yam, characterized by its subterranean growth and a viny shrub reaching heights of up to one meter above ground, is predominantly found on Spinifex sand plains. Following summer rains, the yam blossoms with large flowers. This tuber, akin to sweet potato in taste, serves as a prevalent source of sustenance for desert aborigines. Beyond its gastronomic value, it offers medicinal properties, employed in treating cuts, wounds, bites, and rashes, while also functioning as an insect repellent.