My Mother's Country by Barbara Weir

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My Mother's Country by Barbara Weir

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Barbara Weir

b. 1945

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 90cm

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Barbara Weir is a member of the Stolen Generation, she was removed from her Aboriginal family and raised in a series of foster homes. After becoming reunited with her mother in the 1960's and eventually returned to her family lands of Utopia, 300 kilometres northeast of Alice Springs. She did not begin painting until 1989 at about age 45 but quickly became recognised as a notable artist of Central Australia. She has also managed her mother, Minnie Pwerle's, career since she began painting in 2000.

'My Mother's Country' is a series of works that are a testament to Weir's skill as an artist and illustrates her knowledge and respect for her country. In the background of the paintings, Barbara often depicts the abandoned campsites that the people made as they trekked across the country in search of food or the coolamons used by the women to collect fruit and berries. It also may show the forms of a woman's body that are adorned with paint for women's ceremonies, Overlaying these representations is a complex array of dot work that depicts the type of bush tucker found across the land.