Betty Mbitjana Indigenous Australia, b. c. 1945

Betty’s artwork is mostly aerial views of ceremonies Indigenous women undergo as well as the waterholes where the ceremonies take place. Her paintings are mainly designs that are painted on women’s bodies for the ceremony as well as the dancing tracks on the sand. These designs not only feature in her works on canvas but in the works of her mother, sisters and aunts. These designs have been passed down from generation to generation and can only be used by the Pwerle or Kemarre owners.

 

There is a sense of movement and use of bold colours in her work.They have a very uplifting effect in any area they hang.