Delmore Gallery, NT Cat. No. 93A76
The Thomas Vroom Collection, The Netherlands
Ebes Collection, Vic
The Anooralya Yam plant is Emily Kngwarreye's main totem and story and has characteristics that make it an important food staple in the arid lands north-east of Alice Springs. Its ability to keep relatively fresh after picking, and to keep well underground is highly valued. The yam flower and the seeds it contains are a preferred food of the Emu. These can be processed into a seed cake . As for the yam, 'it always comes back' – a very telling statement in the harsh desert environment. Emily's double-dipped brushwork celebrates the presence of food underground.
This is a fine example of Emily painting in anticipation of the completion of ceremonies being held in her country Alalgura during the summer of 1993. Many of her greatest paintings were created during the ceremonial season as women dance to ensure that there will be abundance during the year ahead.
Emily Kame Kngwarreye is widely regarded as Australia's most important and successful Aboriginal artist. Her remarkable career lasted just 7 years until her passing at 86 years of age in 1996. The painterly quality and originality of her works extended her influence far beyond the reach of Aboriginal art, attracting an international audience ready to acclaim her new and innovative style which remains as popular today as they did almost 25 years ago.Share