NANCY PETYARRE KUNOTH

NANCY PETYARRE KUNOTH

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Nancy Petyarre Kunoth (c.1943- )
Tribe: Eastern Anmatyerre
Mountain Devil Awelye 2007
Acrylic on linen with timber stretcher
Image size: 90 x 90cm
Code: 07G02
Provenance: Delmore Gallery N.T.
Condition: Very Good - A beautiful painting by Utopia artist Nancy Petyarre Kunoth, this work is in very good condition. Unframed - ready to hang.


The arnkerrthe or mountain devil, is a small, armoured lizard, made fascinating by its ugliness and its ability to change colour as a means of camouflage.  The lizard's ugliness is due to its bulging heavy-lidded eyes, and its incredibly rough and crusty skin. It favours eating tiny pissants, and is easy to catch because of its slow movement.  Children are often seen carrying one as a pet.   It can be a source of meat, and can be a cheeky bugger when cornered.

The lineal character of this canvas derives from the practise of body painting design as part of the awelye (womens’ ceremony). Nancy Petyarre Kunoth shares custodial responsibility for this very individual species in her country called Aneltyeye, and in ceremony where she dramatically revisits through song and dance, the story of the mythological mountain devil woman -  an individual, and tough survivor. One can reference the crusty pattern of the lizard’s skin in this painting as well.