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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Wild Potato Dreaming - 1993

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
121.0 x 90.5 cm
Price Realised: $31,720.00

MP #768


Provenance

Dacou Gallery, SA Cat. No. 01618
Fireworks Gallery Cat. No. FW1960
Cicada Trading, Qld

The Cat. No. SS119728 is recorded verso indicating this work was created during a Dacou 'on country' workshop.

accompanied by a booklet including a certificate of authenticity from Dacou Gallery

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.

Emily's yam story can be found in all her work, even though in some paintings the yam motif is not obvious, it lies below the surface of them all.