Nerry Keme (Namuno)

ÖMIE ARTISTS

Born: c.1975, Gorabuna village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Language Group: Ömie
Clan: Ematé
Lives and works: Birrojo village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Medium: natural pigments on nioge (women's barkcloth skirts)

 

BIOGRAPHY

Nerry is the daughter of the Paramount Chief of Ömie men, Willington Uruhé. She grew up immersed in her culture with its rich heritage of tattooing clan insignia on the skin, known as sor’e. She has mastered these traditional designs, working over the surface of a nioge (barkcloth) with her spirited filigree style.

 
 

COLLECTIONS

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane