Emily Kam Kngawarray (Emily Kame Kngwarreye)(circa 1916-1996) My Alalgura, 1991
Lot 52
Emily Kam Kngawarray
(Emily Kame Kngwarreye)(circa 1916-1996)
My Alalgura, 1991
Sold for AU$ 37,820 (US$ 29,771) inc. premium

Lot Details
Emily Kam Kngawarray (Emily Kame Kngwarreye)(circa 1916-1996)
My Alalgura, 1991
inscribed verso with artist's name (obscured by stretcher)
synthetic polymer paint on linen
diameter: 100.0cm

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE
    Delmore Gallery, Northern Territory (cat.91L30)

    Our perception of landscape has expanded from the wide horizontal to include the hidden dynamics beneath the earth's surface. We now grasp the power of the revelatory Morning Star light drenching down through to the bottom of our water sources. Embracing a layered vertical view, we recognize its relationship to survival and sustainability. Such enlightenment has been marvelously enhanced by My Alalgura – a beautifully coloured abstraction of what is so fundamental to survival in this land.

    This painting is both the hidden potential of the future as well as today's sustenance. Overlaying the yam's complex growth network is a rich carpet of various coloured residual dry seeds waiting to spring forth. This layering of immediate and potential food sources echoes Emily's familiar description, "merne everything" meaning "all food" of her country Alalgura.

    This canvas is transfused by the rain-makers' and other ceremonial energies of December 1991. The season's atmosphere was fuelled, as always, by the anxiety of a country reliant on unreliable rain-patterns. Custodians are called to "sing up" the season, raising hope and suspending breath.

    The transformative power of thirsty country springing to life after rain allows an understanding of the quiet reverence given to ceremony. The emus of Alalgura fatten and nurture their bustling chicks, and other foods become ready to prepare and consume – all inter-connected elementals of the life cycle.

    Janet Holt

    This work has been granted a Certificate of Exemption allowing it to be exported from Australia
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