Mary Rumble Petyarre - Alhepalh (Acacia shrub)

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Artist: Mary Rumble Petyarre
Title: Alhepalh (Acacia shrub)
Size: 90 x 30 cm
Acrylic on canvas stretched on a timber frame.

Story:

The designs in this painting are inspired by the Alhepalh (Acacia dictyophleba), a sparsely branched shrub that is found abundantly in the Utopia region in Central Australia. Alhepalh produces small soft coated brown seeds that the women would once collect, grind into a paste and cook into damper (bread) making it a most important food source. This practice however is not habitual now due to ready made bread. Dot work represents the seeds of Alhepalh.
Depending on the size of the shrub, its trunk can also be used to fashion into spears and digging sticks and was traditionally an important trade object. Alhepalh also has medicinal properties and produces small fragrant flowers of which Mary draws inspiration from in this painting.

About:

Artist: Mary Rumble Petyarre 
Born: 1957
Language Group: Anmatyerre
Country: Atarrkerte, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs


Mary Rumble has been painting for since October 2002. She has two children Dorothy and Albert Kngwarreye, to Kenny Petyarre. Mary has both a sister, Katie Rumble and a cousin, Dorothy Kunoth who are also artists.


Initially Mary worked in the medium of batik along with over eighty other women from the Utopia Region in Central Australia. Her work in batik is featured in “Utopia – A Picture Story”. Mary gets all her Dreaming stories from her father’s country, Atarrkerte. Now she is living in Alice Springs with her sister, Katie.

Collections

The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

Exhibitions

1990 Utopia A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes á Court Collection by Utopia Artists which toured Eire and Scotland.
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA Portland and exhibition; Knoxville
This painting is stretched on a timber frame and is ready to hang.
The artwork comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and photo of the artist.

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