Dry Claypans

Artists

    Born in 1980 to prominent artist Gracie Pwerle, Cindy Pwerle’s family includes a number of well-known artists. These include artists featuring in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia: Gloria Petyarre, Kathleen Petyarre, Ada Bird Petyarre ,Violet Petyarre, Myrtle Petyarre and Nancy Petyarre. Pwerle began painting her stories of Bush Medicine, Spinifex and Mountain Devil Lizard (Arnkerrthe) Dreamings, as well as the stories of Yam and Yam Root systems, Yam Seed (Anaty) and Bush Peanut Dreaming, as a child using traditional techniques. Over time she developed her own unique style akin to abstract expressionism. Her work is characterised by vibrant colours and a raw aesthetic energy. This is achieved through her deft application of paint, which creates movement in her representations of the land’s flora. Aerial depictions of country using dense, intricate dot work celebrate the provision of the yam plant; a highly important resource utilised for bush tucker, medicine and weaponry.  

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