Artist: Mary Kemarre Morton
Skin Name: Kemarre (also known as Kamara)
Language Group: Alyawarr
Region: Utopia, Northern Territory
Vendor: Utopian Aboriginal Art
Dreaming: Awely (Body Paint), Bush Plum (Arnwekety)
Mary Kemarre Morton - born in 1925 on MacDonald Downs - is one of the senior women on Utopia and therefore has responsibility for initiating young women. She is involved in painting body designs on young women, singing Awely songs to encourage their fertility and teaching them the rules of life. Her country is on the northern end of Utopia and she has custodial responsibility for the Kurrajong tree seed. She was married to Billy Stockman Morton (deceased), who was a renowned sculptor. Mary is passionately involved in maintaining traditional practices for her people. She is also highly regarded for her bush medicine skills.
Mary Morton’s entire oeuvre is devoted to Awely which refers to the ceremonial world of women’s business and includes women’s ceremonial body designs. These ceremonies are associated with women’s social structure and ritual knowledge. Awely can also refer to particular ceremonies and its songs, dances and designs. Morton’s energy and passion as custodian of the Awely is reflected in the innate lyricism in her work.
Eastern Desert Art ABN: 79 722 554 907
Tel: (08) 8956 9433 (Australia wide) or +618 8956 9433 (international)
Fax: (08) 8956 9177 (Australia wide) or +618 8956 9177 (international)
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