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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Awelye - Women's Ceremony - 1993

synthetic polymer on linen
115.0 x 140.0 cm
EST. $20,000 - $25,000

MP #179


Purchased in Utopia direct from the artist by an adult Education teacher in 1993
Fireworks Gallery, Qld ,Cat No.14637
Private Collection Qld


signed verso 'Emily'.


Beginning late in 1991 and throughout the following years, Emily explored a range of techniques after largely abandoning the fine dotting and submerged linear tracking which had characterised her earlier works. She used larger brushes to create broader circular dabs of paint, that often involved 'double dipping' the brush in various colours, before attacking the canvas. In this work, she shows tremendous confidence and great subtlety of colour in rendering tracks of the yam roots and the final stages before maturity following a floral profusion during an abundant and wet summer. The linear application of broad dotting creates swathing rhythm across the canvas. Despite the sweeping gestural flourishes, the resultant image contains considerable nuances, which evoke the physical and spiritual fertility of the land, and radiance of being, that is sought during ceremony.