liLa warrimou (misaso)

Paramount Chief of Ömie women

ÖMIE ARTISTS

Born: c.1944, Savodobehi village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Language Group: Ömie
Clan: Dahorurajé (Sidorajé)
Lives and works: Savodobehi village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Medium: natural pigments on nioge (women's barkcloth skirts)

 

BIOGRAPHY

Lila has been painting for Ömie Artists since its establishment in 2004. As the Paramount Chief of Ömie women her Dahorurajé clan knowledge and uehore (wisdom) is unrivaled. She was a young girl when the volcano Huvaemo erupted and recalls being very scared when her old village Sidonejo, which was situated close to the sacred Mount Obo, was surrounded by lava. She remembers her parents keeping her and her siblings safely together, and she was carried by one of her mothers, Guamo, away from the volcano to higher ground. Her birth mother was Eronay Atai and her father was Chief Warrimou Moiwa, both Dahorurajé clanspeople. She was formerly married to Fabian Jerriruma to whom she had four children but after he passed away she remarried Nathan Gama - duvahe (Chief) of Ematé clan men. Lila's auntie Joyce-Bella Mujoruma, former duvahe of Dahorurajé clan women, taught her to paint a plethora of Ömie designs and clan symbols and also taught her about the origins of Ömie art, culture and history. In turn, Lila has taught a number of Ömie women to paint including her sister-in-law Jean-Mary Warrimou (Hujama).

 
 

bibliography

Balai, Sana; Modjeska, Drusilla; and Ryan, Judith, Wisdom of the Mountain: Art of the Ömie, National Gallery of Victoria International, Melbourne 2009
Cheng, Scarlet, ‘Prized barkcloth shown in ‘Second Skins’ at UCLA’s Fowler’, LA Times, 1 April 2012
Elliott, David (ed.), 17th Biennale Of Sydney: Beauty Of Distance - Songs Of Survival In A Precarious Age, Thames & Hudson 2010
Gregory, Bill; Modjeska, Drusilla; and Mora, William, 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
Modjeska, Drusilla, ‘This Place, Our Art: The Barkcloth Art of Ömie’, Art & Australia Vol. 43 No. 2 Summer 2005, pp.250-255

COLLECTIONS

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK
High Commission of Papua New Guinea, Canberra