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          Cooee Art was originally established in 1981 and runs a hybrid art model to represent and support artists in an ethical and sustainable way. We have two galleries, our flagship gallery in the heart of Aboriginal Sydney in Redfern and a boutique showroom gallery in Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach along with a seperate fine art auction wing, Cooee Art Auctions established in 2017. Cooee is now Australia’s oldest exhibiting Indigenous art gallery. Since first working with Australian Aboriginal artists in 1981, we have presented the finest First Nations art through exhibitions and events in Australia, Europe, and the Americas.

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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

My Country - 1994

168 x 130 cm (174 x 136 cm framed)

Synthetic Polymer Paint on Belgian Linen

Code #:19412 

 

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Provenance

Utopia Art (Central Land Council), NT Cat No. UAEK835938
Private Collection, Vic
signed Emily verso

LITERATURE
Hank Ebes (ed.), Nangara: The Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition from the Ebes Collection, Melbourne: The Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, 1996, Cat. No.229

EXHIBITED
Nangara: The Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition from the Ebes Collection, Stichting Sint-jan, Brugge, Belgium, 1996
The Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art, Asahikawa, Japan; Tochigi Prefectual Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya, Japan; Iwaki City Art Museum, Iwaki, Japan, 2001; Shimonoseki Prefectural Art Museum, Japan, 2001
Dreamtime – Aboriginal Art from the Ebes Collection, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishoj, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2006. (10th Anniversary Exhibition)

Story

In this highly dramatic work, the application of red, white, and grey colours highlight the varied and changing hues in the life cycle of the Anooralya Yam and the seasonal change that comes when storms build and bring rain to the the dry desert landscape near Alalgura on Utopia Station, west of Delmore Downs.

The thick textured fusion of deep red and pink hues gives a concentrated view of the desert’s food sources after rain. Often hidden from view, these seed, fruit, and root vegetables are enormously bountiful. The requirement to understand the life cycles of all bush foods is necessary to the survival of Alyawerre and Anmatjerre people.

The Anooralya Yam is the most important plant in Emily’s custodianship. This hardy and fertile plant provides both a tuber vegetable and a seed bearing flower called Kame (Emily’s tribal name). As the plant dies off above the ground, the yam tuber can be found underground.

This work evokes the build up of an approaching storm. The rain falls and water slowly flows along the broad shallow watercourse and replenishes the soakage at Alalgura. The flourish of growth that follows is exceptional and rapid. The dramatic transformation of the desert from bare to abundant is a display of the desert’s power. Linked into this is women’s ceremonial life called ‘awelye’ that is based on the belief that they help nurture the desert food sources by assuring future fertile generations.

MORE ARTWORKS BY Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Yam Dreaming - 1996
Emily Kame Kngwarreye 11 Number of 'Avaialable Artworks' by this artist. Click button to view.

122 x 92 cm | 128.5 x 98 cm (framed) #19740 VIEW AT: Redfern NSW $138,000

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Untitled - 1993
Emily Kame Kngwarreye 11

91 x 60 cm #19732 VIEW AT: Redfern NSW $38,000

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Yam Dreaming - 1996
Emily Kame Kngwarreye 11

59 x 132 cm #19703 VIEW AT: Redfern NSW $45,000

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Awelye
Emily Kame Kngwarreye 11

76 x 56 cm frame: 107 x 86.5 cm #19654 VIEW AT: Redfern NSW $16,000

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Cooee Art foremost acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, as the traditional owners and custodians of the unceded land and waters on which we work and reside.

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The artist holds the copyright for all images throughout the website and must not be reused or reproduced in any way without explicit permission.

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