Betty Club Mbijana

Betty Club bijana
“Awelye and Body Paint”
90 x 60cm + edging

Betty Mbitjana born C: 1945 in Utopia, Northern Territory. She is the daughter of renowned artist Minne Pwerle and the sister of artist Barbara Weir . Betty’s husband was Lena Pwerle’s son, Paddy Club, who sadly passed away in 2012.
Betty paints the Awelye, bush berry, bush plum dreaming and body paint. Her mother and other women used to collect fruits, cut them up into pieces, skewer them on a piece of wood and dry them to be eaten in times when bush tucker was scarce.

Betty’s Awelye paintings depict the designs that the women would paint on their bodies, and the dancing tracks which are made in the sand during women’s Awelye ceremony. Through their Awelye ceremonies, women pay homage to their ancestors, show respect for their country and dance out their collective maternal role within their community.