ARTISTS: Aliara Bird Mpetyane
REGION: Mulga Bore Utopia Region NE Alice Springs
TITLE: Spiritual Women Dancing
MEDIUM: Painting - acrylic on canvas
Step into the enchanting world of Aboriginal dreamtime stories, where spiritual women play a profound role. These ethereal beings descended to Earth in human form, imbued with the power to shape the destiny of future generations. With their divine touch, they brought forth the animals, rocks, waterholes, plants, rivers, mountains, and all the essential elements of life.
During the creation period, the
spirit women graced the evening with their mesmerizing dance, soulful songs, and captivating performances. They entertained the forefathers, weaving a tapestry of beauty and meaning.
Guided by the ancestors, the Aboriginal people learned the intricate web of relationships between various groups, individuals, lands, and animals. They discovered the art of nurturing these connections and maintaining harmony with all living beings. The wisdom passed down by the ancestors became the cornerstone of their existence.
As the creations were completed, the ancestors retreated into sacred sites, forever enshrined in the land's spirit. Land holds profound significance for Aboriginal people, not merely as a material possession, but as a sacred part of the Dreamtime. It is a legacy to be cherished and preserved for the generations to come.
Join artist Aliara Bird in honouring the deep spiritual bond between the Aboriginal people and their ancestral lands, a testament to their enduring connection to the essence of existence.
Aliara Bird is the Daughter of the Artist Colin Bird and Colleen Wallace Kngwarreye. Her Grandmother is the late Ada Bird Petyarre, a high respected senior from Utopia. Aliara grew up surrounded by habitual routine of the painting and first began painting herself as an early teenager. The late Ada Bird was a strong influence in this. Aliara was very close to her Grandmother.
Aliara's Mother Colleen Wallace is a self taught Artist who comes from a strong family tradition of Eastern Arrente painters including Therese Wallace (Colleen's Mother) and Gabriella Wallace (Collen's Aunt). Colleens most popular Paintings illustrate Dreamtime Sisters who are good Spirits dancing the Awelye (Women's Ceremony) and looking after Colleen's Country.