synthetic polymer paint on canvas board
30 x 23 cm
Provenance Tangentyere Artists, N.T Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW Exhibited: Songlines Coo-ee Christmas 2012, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW Sydney December 2012
Story The yalke (Bush onion) storyline goes through Karrinyarra (Mt Wedge), Yuendamu and Mt. Doreen. Emma is a traditional owner for this places. The ceremonial dancing women feature strongly in Emma's painting. She uses the brush with long flowing brush strokes the way the women do when they paint their bodies. Emma loves colour and this painting shows it.
This bush onion ceremony is at Mount Wedge. The roundels describe the rockholes around the lake at Mount Wedge. The body painting is used to describe the story behind this piece. Women are shown seated with coolamons full of Bush Onions (Yalke).
Yalke dreaming - Bush onion. Emma has strong connections with Yuendamu and Mt. Doreen as well. She used to live there with her brother. She has painted the story of Yalke (bush onion) which grows very well in that area especially in the late summer / autumn time when it has rained. It is like a fine grass growing close to the ground and the women dig up the roots and very small onions are found there. When she paints Yalke she uses a stick and makes small dots which join together to create layers of textured colour.
Purchase Details This work, as part of Coo-ee's Christmas show, Songlines: Coo-ee Christmas is available for sale from 3pm the 24th November at the exhibition opening and not before. So first in, best dressed! If you are unable to make the exhibition opening, simply register your interest via email email@example.com or call +61 2 9300 9200. Please send through a 'wish list' of works in preference order and specify how many works in total you want. We will endeavour to get you the works of your choosing but are unable to guarantee this. This exhibition is designed to be a bit of fun for Christmas so I hope you enjoy it. The works will sell out quickly so be sure to get in first.