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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Yam Dreaming - 1996

synthetic polymer paint on linen
122.0 x 183.0 cm
Price Realised: $52,900.00

MP #171


Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat No. 5567
Tolarno Galleries, Vic, 1997
Private Collection, NSW


Tolarno Galleries, Exhibited in Singapore


Emily Kame Kngwarreye was born at Anilitye (Boundary Bore) and began paintings on canvas when in her late 70s. She was awarded the Australian Creative Fellowship in 1992 and continued paintings prolifically until her death in 1996. The subject of this major work, privately commissioned in 1994, is Arlatyeye, the Pencil Yam or Bush Potato. This is a valuable food source and the subject of important songs, dances and ceremonies amongst Eastern Anmatjerre people. It was the subject of a great number of Emily Kngwarreye's paintingss, which were created, most familiarly, in a vast array of vibrant colours. In this paintings however, Emily has characterised the roots of the yam in the plant's full period of maturity. As the foliage dies off, cracks appear in the ground, which trace the root system, and indicate that the engorged tubers are ready to eat.

Reference used to write story and similar artworks:

Cf. For stylistically similar works see: 'Wild Yam I, 1995' in Janet Holt (et. al. ), 'Emily Kngwarreye Paintingss, Craftsman House, 1998, plate 70 illus. pp 166-167 and various other works pp 168-180.

Also the cover image of the Retrospective catalogue 'Emily Kngwarreye, Alhalkere Paintingss from Utopia, Margo Neale (ed), Queensland Art Gallery, 1998