Emily Kam Kngawarray (Emily Kame Kngwarreye)(circa 1916-1996)
My Anooralya Story, 1991 inscribed 'Emily Kngwarreye' and Delmore Downs catalogue number '91J59' verso synthetic polymer paint on canvas 90.0 x 60.0cm (35 7/16 x 23 5/8in).
PROVENANCE Commissioned by Donald and Janet Holt, Delmore Downs, Northern Territory Chapman Gallery, Canberra Private collection, Canberra
This painting is sold with accompanying documentation from Delmore Gallery that states: 'After well-spaced rains, the desert transforms, rapidly moving from one extreme to another. The movement in not just in growth, but also in colour and form. Emily's belief in the fertile energy that launches such amazing growth, has inspired and selective use of colours. The heat ripens the fruit, and brings the flowers and grass seads to maturity. Gradually, the bloom wanes, everything dries off, and the seeds disperse. In ceremony, these life cycles are celebrated and spiritually nurtured. In everyday life, Emily also nurtures the social lives of her family, hopefully ensuring that they too will survive the erratic nature of the desert's seasons.
The underlying structure of this canvas is in the increase centre and underground growth pattern of the Anooralya, or finger yam. Layered over this are scattered seeds, leaves and dried fruit (in particular, the bush plum) and other bush tucker sources. The effect of the random dotted movement in the various colours of this work, picks ups (sic) the mood of those special places in the desert that display amazing richness and abundance.'