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Dancing Spirit by Colleen Wallace

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Dancing Spirit represents the sacred dance of ancient aboriginal ancestors since the timeof creation. When dancing, these aboriginal spirits pay their respects to Mother Earth, expressing their love and admiration for the sacred land. M&S Textiles Australia is the largest manufacturer of Australian Aboriginal designs printed on good quality 100% cotton fabric. Aboriginal artworks are popular throughout the world and the only living ancient artworks. Its tradition goes back 50,000 years ago revealed by carbon dating of rock painting, cave painting etc. It is amazing that many of the artists do not have any formal education or training.

110cm wide

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Colleen Wallace

Born: 1974

Language Group: Eastern Arrernte

Country: Arnumarra, near Gem Tree, North East of Alice Springs (father) and Arrulka, near Conniston, North West of Alice Springs (mother)

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Decorative Art

Subjects: Dreamtime Sisters, Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Arlatyeye (Bush Yam)

Colleen is a self-taught artist who comes from a strong family tradition of Eastern Arrernte painters, including Therese Wallace (Colleen's mother) and Gabriella Wallace (Colleen's aunt). Colleen was raised by her stepmother, Kathleen Wallace, at Santa Teresa and Alice Springs. Colleen's father's country is near Gem Tree, north east of Alice Springs.

Colleen's most popular paintings illustrate Dreamtime Sisters who are good spirits dancing the awelye (women's ceremony) and looking after Colleen's country.

'My country is called Arnumarra that is my grandfather's country. In my painting, the dreamtime sisters are a group of spirits that look after the land and also their role is to guard special areas such as sacred sites and protect the land.' – Colleen Wallace, August 2014.

Colleen says these sisters were once living people; her ancestors. She also paints Awelye (Women's Ceremony) and Arlatyeye (Bush Yam Dreaming).

Colleen now lives at Mulga Bore (north east of Alice Springs) and Alice Springs with her husband, Colin Bird (Ada Bird's son) and their children. Colleen also works at Mulga Bore School as a teacher.

Royalties from this product directly goes to the artist and their community.