Gracie Moreton Pwerle
An Alyawarr woman from Utopia Station, approximately 250km north-east of Alice Springs. Gracie comes from a well respected family of artists the Petyarre Family. Her sisters also paint. Gracie Morton is the daughter of artist Myrtle Petyarre. Gracie now lives in the Central Desert she is one of the senior traditional custodian for both the Altyerre (Dreaming) and surrounding countryside. Within traditional lore the responsibility for the Bush Plum Dreaming has been passed down to Gracie from her father and her aunt, who are responsible for ensuring that she perseveres its traditions. She began painting in 1970 with the Utopia Women’s Batik Group. Gracie paints delicate dots and colour variation she uses an aerial view to show the seasonal changes of the Arnwekety – Bush Plum. The Bush Plum is important to Gracie’s traditional country. The Bush Plum is a highly nutritious small fruit with black seeds, rich in vitamin C that can be eaten raw or cooked. Growing in a great profusion of flower and fruit throughout the winter months, the women, accompanied by the children collect the Bush Plums, while at the same time reconnecting with their land.
Artwork by Gracie Moreton Pwerle
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