Lizzie Moss Pwerle

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BORN: Utopia, NT

Lizzie Pwerle Moss

Lizzie Moss Pwerle is an Alyawarra woman from Atnwengerrp, a traditional country area in the Utopia region of Central Australia, approx. 300kms northeast of Alice Springs. Lizzie began her artistic career using non-traditional materials in the late seventies and early eighties with the batik program that was initially introduced by the first art and craft coordinators Jenny Green and later Julia Murray. Lizzie was involved in the ‘Utopia: A Picture Story’ exhibition, a collection of 88 silk batiks that is now part of the Holmes ‘a Court Collection. From there, it was a natural progression from batik to applying paint to canvas.

In her paintings, Lizzie uses a series of intricate dots to portray the movement of awelye – women’s ceremony. The linear work indicates the lines that the women make in the red sand when they dance their stories that belong to Atnwengerrp country.

Lizzie is a first cousin to the late, great Minnie Pwerle. She lives with her aunties Katie and Janie Morgan Petyarre and a very large extended family in Atnwengerrp.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022 Into the Sunset, Pwerle Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney
2022 Palya – a tribute to Steve Ariston, Art Mob, Hobart
2019 Summer Show & Art Parade, Salt, Queenscliff, VIC
2019 defining tradition | black + white, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2018 My Country, Salt, Queenscliff, VIC
2018 Earth’s Creation, Emily Kame and Family, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2017 Atnwengerrp Revisited | Family Show and Artist in Residence Programme, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2016 Black and White, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2009 Utopia and Papunya Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Bay Gallery, London
2009 Summer Exhibition Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Gallery Savah, Sydney
2009 Utopia, Colours of the Desert, Gongpyeong Art Space in collaboration with Dacou, Australian Embassy in Korea and Crossbay Gallery, Seoul
2008 Dacou Gallery, Adelaide
2008 Gallery Savah, Sydney
2008 Utopia Discoveries, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Contemporary Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Harrison Gallery, Sydney
2008 Small Works, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Standing on Ceremony, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide
1990 Utopia – a Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Ireland and Scotland
1989-91 Utopia – a Picture Story, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide

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