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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Yam Flower Dreaming - c.1995

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
78.0 x 55(85 x 62.0
Price Realised: $6,000.00

MP #254


Provenance

Dacou Gallery, SA Cat No. DG597
Savah Gallery, NSW Cat No. SS1197106
Private Collection, NSW

 

Accompanied by the original Gallery Savah certificate of authenticity.

Emily Kngwarreye's paintings of wildflowers reflect a stage in the growth cycle of the wild yam. Emily's middle name Kame is taken from the yam Dreaming site at Alhalkere. 

 

Emily's yam story can be found in the vast majority of her works. In this 'wildflower' painting Emily captures the brief season when the pencil yam produces bright green foliage and yellowish flowers on the ground's surface. However, the nutritional value of the yam is hidden underground in the swollen roots and their pod-like attachments, which are difficult to locate as the plant's unpredictable growth patterns make harvest difficult and specialised. Traditionally much effort is expended across large areas in the harvest of this valuable food.