Language Group: Alyawarre
Country: Arawerre, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen
Subjects: Iy-lenky-la (Small Earthworm), Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Tharrkarr (Honey Grevillea), Irreyakwerre (Bush Onion), Ntyeny Ngkwarl (Red Mallee Flower), Women's Dreaming, Bush Tucker
Loretta Jones belongs to a strong family of artists. She grew up at Arawerre (Soapy Bore) which is in the Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs. Her mother, Gypsy Jones, has been an artist for a long time and Loretta would have probably been taught to paint and gained knowledge about the stories she paints by Gypsy and other ladies in her community.
Loretta has five sisters and four brothers (Jilly, Sandra, Agnes, Rhonda, Lilly, Anthony, Robert, Denny and Kevin), most of whom paint as well. She continues to live in the Utopia region with her extended family.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
|2014||Narrativa Herióca - Pintura Aborígine do Deserto Australiano - Renaissance Hotel, São Paulo, Brazil|
|2014||Arca Urbana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
Artist: Loretta Jones Petyarre
Size: 90 x 90cm
Title: Iy-lenky-la (Small Earth Worm)
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2014
Iy-lenky-la (Small Earth Worm)
Loretta is painting the story of small earthworms found in her country. Pronounced Iy-lenky-la in Loretta's language, this creature is represented in her painting by the concentric circle designs. She, Iy-lenky-la, is asleep in the centre and then unwinds herself around and around. Iy-lenky-la is special to Loretta as the story belongs to the women of her country, Arawerre.