Elizabeth Guho (Owkeja)

ÖMIE ARTISTS

Born: 1958, Kinado village (Gora), Oro Province, Papua New Guinea 
Language Group: Ömie
Clan: Sidorajé (Dahorurajé)
Lives and works: Anahobehi village (Gora), Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Medium: natural pigments on nioge (women's barkcloth skirts)

ARTIST STATEMENT

“The teaching of our ancestors might get lost so that is why I apply their teachings onto barkcloth, so that it can be remembered for future generations.” 

BIOGRAPHY

Elizabeth has been painting for Ömie Artists since 2009. Her mother was Martha Ruruvé of Gorabuna village (Sahuoté clan) and her father was Clement Towora of Enjoro village (Ina’e clan). Her mother taught her the Ömie barkcloth designs of her grandmother such as mahudanö’e - pig’s tusks (traditional Ömie wealth), jov’e avadu avaduvé - ripples of the water, samwé - Beriirajé/Samwé sub-clan emblem of the tree and vinohu’e - design of the bellybutton.