Jean-Margaret HÖ'ijo

ÖMIE ARTISTS

Born: c.1950, Asapa village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Language Group: Ömie
Clan: Sahuoté
Lives and works: Jiapa village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Medium: natural pigments on nioge (women's barkcloth skirts)

 

BIOGRAPHY

Jean-Margaret has been painting for Ömie Artists since its inception in 2004. Her mother was Alice Moré of Asapa village and her father was Judea Guforumo of Enjoro village (both of the Ina’e clan). She was a little baby inside the bilum when Dahore Huvaemo (Mount Lamington) erupted in 1951. She is now married to John-Michael Hö’ijo. Jean-Margaret grew up watching her mother painting and remembers all of her barkcloth designs and says she loves to paint her mother’s designs to keep Ömie culture strong. Jean-Margaret often paints visuija’ane - backbone of the mountain fish, dahoru’e - Ömie mountains and sabu ahe - the black spots of the caterpillar.

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, 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

COLLECTIONS

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne