ASPASIA GADAI (YEWO)

ÖMIE ARTISTS

Born: c.1963, Jiapa village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Language Group: Ömie
Clan: Ematé
Lives and works: Duharenu village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Medium: natural pigments on nioge (women's barkcloth skirts)

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

“I paint the traditional Ömie designs of my clan... sometimes I paint about initiations when we lived underground.” 

BIOGRAPHY

Aspasia has been painting for Ömie Artists since its establishment in 2004. Aspasia’s mother was Florence Umasisé of Jiapa village (Ematé clan) and her father was Naré of Budo village (Sahuoté clan). Aspasia was taught to paint by her mother, Florence, as well as by her grandmother including the following designs: dahoru’e - Ömie mountains, hartu’e - design of the ceremonial Dwarf Cassowary-chestbone necklace, buboriano’e - beaks of Blyth’s Hornbill and sabu ahe - black spots of the wood-boring grub. She is married to Aiden Gadai (Alowa) and they have two children.

 
 

bibliography

Aguirre, Edward; and Beran, Harry, The Art of Oro Province: A Preliminary Typology, The Oceanic Art Society, Sydney 2009 Balai, Sana; Modjeska, Drusilla; and Ryan, Judith, Wisdom of the Mountain: Art of the Ömie, National Gallery of Victoria International, Melbourne 2009
Gregory, Bill; and Ryan, Judith, Ömie: The Art of Ömie [exhibition catalogue], Annandale Galleries, Sydney 2009
Gregory, Bill; and Modjeska, Drusilla, Ömie: The Barkcloth Art of Ömie [exhibition catalogue], Annandale Galleries, Sydney 2006
Modjeska, Drusilla, ‘This Place, Our Art: The Barkcloth Art of Ömie’, Art & Australia Vol. 43 No. 2 Summer 2005, pp.250-255 Nugent, Mary-Lou, ‘The Ömie Barkcloths’, Artonview, Winter 2007, p.41

COLLECTIONS

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne