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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Anooralya Yam - 1995

synthetic polymer paint on paper
55.0 x 77.0 cm
Price Realised: $5,856.00

MP #349


Provenance

Dacou Gallery, NT
Torres Collection, SA
Gallery Savah, NSW Cat No. 433
Private Collection, NSW

 

signed by the artist lower left hand side
accompanied by a Gallery Savah certificate of authenticity

Artwork 55 x 77 cm : Frame 85 x 105 cm

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 painting prolifically until her death in 1996.

 

Reflected in this work is the Anooralya Yam, 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). It was the subject of a great number of Emily Kngwarreye's paintings, which were created, most familiarly, in a vast array of vibrant colours.

As the rain falls and water slowly flows along the broad shallow watercourse replenishing the soakage at Alalgura, the growth of the Anooralya Yam is exceptional and rapid, and accompanied by changing hues. In this painting however, Emily has characterised the roots of the yam in the plant's full period of maturity.

The ceremonies performed by the women of Emily’s clan teach survival, basic social codes and obligations, and reinforce the significance of this knowledge through their narrative.