Gracie Morton Pwerle
Gracie Morton was born in 1954 at Utopia Station 250 km Nth East of Alice Springs. Her fine precise patterns are all associated with her dreamtime stories.
Gracie Pwerle Morton is a highly credentialed artist, whose career began in the 1970s when she helped pioneer the Utopia Women’s Batik Group and continued onto canvas in the late 1980s. Gracie hails from an impressive artistic pedigree - her mother is Myrtle Petarre, and Kathleen and Gloria Petyarre are her first cousins. She is also a blood sister to Polly Nungala Nelson. Gracie is also a direct descendant of the most famous female indigenous artist of them all, the late great Emily Kame Kngwarreye.
Gracie is a senior traditional custodian of the Arnwekety (Bush Plum) Dreaming, in accordance with traditional law she is responsible for ensuring the Dreaming, customs and traditions associated with the Bush Plum. This responsibility was passed down to Gracie from her father and aunt.
The Bush Plum is a nutritious small fruit found in Central Australia, it has black seeds which are rich in Vitamin C. The fruit can be eaten straight from the bush or cooked. Growing through the winter months, when spring comes there is a great profusion of flowers and fruit, the women and children will go out and collect the Bush Plum. During this time the women will reaffirm their connection to the land.