Dapeni Jonevari (Mokokari)

duvahe (Chief) of Ematé clan women

ÖMIE ARTISTS

Born: c.1949, Budo village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea 
Language Group: Ömie
Clan: Ematé
Lives and works: Godibehi village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Medium: natural pigments on nioge (women's barkcloth skirts)

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

"I paint from my observations of the mountains and forests and creatures. Dreams give me inspiration... I paint to record traditional Ömie ways for dancing performance and feasting ceremonies.” 

BIOGRAPHY

Dapeni has been painting for Ömie Artists since its establishment in 2004. Her mother was Yéwo and her father was John Koré, both Sahuoté clanspeople from Budo village. She was born two years before the eruption of Huvaemo (Mount Lamington) and grew up at Budo and Jiapa villages. As a young girl Dapeni was taught to paint traditional Ömie barkcloth designs by her aunts at Budo Village. She also paints soru’e (tattoo designs) she saw on her grandfather’s body and uehorëro (her own wisdom). Since 2002, Dapeni has been teaching her daughter-in-law Diona Jonevari to paint traditional Ömie barkcloth designs.

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
Elliott, David (ed.), 17th Biennale Of Sydney: Beauty Of Distance - Songs Of Survival In A Precarious Age, Thames & Hudson 2010
Gregory, Bill; and Modjeska, Drusilla, The Art of Ömie [exhibition catalogue], William Mora Galleries, Melbourne & Annandale Galleries, Sydney 2010
Gregory, Bill; and Ryan, Judith, Ömie: The Art of Ömie [exhibition catalogue], Annandale Galleries, Sydney 2009
Gregory, Bill; and Modjeska, Drusilla, In The Shadow of a Volcano: The Barkcloth Art of Ömie [exhibition catalogue], Holmes à Court Gallery, Perth & Annandale Galleries, Sydney 2007
Gregory, Bill; and Modjeska, Drusilla, Ömie: The Barkcloth Art of Ömie [exhibition catalogue], Annandale Galleries, Sydney 2006
Grishin, Sasha, ‘Bark cloth with bite’, Canberra Times, 3 December 2009, p.9
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
Pacific Islands Trade & Invest, Sydney