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Arnkerrth Awely

Margaret Long
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
137 x 88.5 cm
Utopia Art Centre


It’s the body paint for Arnkerrth (Thorny devil) Awely. My sisters and I. One Country. All sisters doing arnkerrth. Body Painting. Like this. With those lines. We put the paint on our arms. On our skin. On our canvas too. My body and arnkerrth body. Together. Arnkerrth artep-side and underbelly side. Up there is his back. The marks on his back side. And down there is the underbelly side. Next to awelye on our bodies. Awely on our front and marks on our back too. We sisters and arnkerrth. We’re owners for arnkerrth.”

Desert Mob is presented annually in Mparntwe | Alice Springs on Arrernte Country.

On behalf of Desart’s staff and art centre members, the Executive Committee humbly and respectfully acknowledge the Arrernte Apmereke Artweye (Traditional Owners) and Kwertengerle (Traditional Managers) of Mparntwe.


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