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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Arlatyeye (Wildflower Dreaming) - 1996

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
98 x 138 cm
Price Realised: $58,560.00

MP #462


Utopia Batik and Art, NT Cat No. EKK028
Soul of Australia Aboriginal Art, NSW Cat No. 8183
Private Collection, NSW

signed 'Emily' verso
Accompanied by a hand written certificate from Utopia Batik and Art

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. 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 complicated and specialised. Traditionally, much effort is expended across large areas in the harvest of this valuable food.

This work was commissioned by Allan Glaetzer, the store manager at Utopia. Glaetzer went on to set up Utopia Batik with the Community Council, which ran for nearly four years through the early 1990s. Later, he worked for the Central Land Council.