Minymaku Inma (women's song)
synthetic polymer on linen
150 x 150cm
Courtesy of the artist
Betty has lived in Mimili her entire life. Born at Everard Park Station in 1961, she is a well-respected Elder for Mimili Community. Betty loves sharing her story and experiences with visitors to Mimili, often guiding trips to important sites in the area. Betty is a passionate singer and dancer, and loves to lead inma (dance ceremony) teaching the children at Mimili School the different songs of the ancestors.Betty creates paintings related to womens' ceremony, stories that can be painted and danced, but not spoken.
This song is from the perspective of a woman who is dancing for the site Anpuru, related to the Maku - Witchetty Grub - tjukurpa that travels near Mimili. The dancer is perhaps becoming the grub in its moth form, emerging from the acacia roots.'
This artwork will be on display in the 2023 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize Finalist Exhibition from Saturday 25 November 2023 until Sunday 18 February 2024.
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