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Anwerlarr anganenty (Big yam Dreaming)

synthetic polymer paint on canvas
291.1 × 801.8 cm
Place/s of Execution
Delmore Downs, Northern Territory
Accession Number
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Donald and Janet Holt and family, Governors, 1995
©Emily Kam Kngwarray/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 13
Level 3, NGV Australia
About the work

Emily Kam Kngwarray was born in about 1910 on the eastern edge of her father’s and grandfather’s country, Alhalker, which joins the north-western boundary of Utopia, 230 kilometres north-east of Alice Springs.

Alhalker is an important Anwerlarr (Pencil Yam) Dreaming site, the staple from which Kngwarray takes her bush name, Kam (yam seed).

Anwerlarr Anganenty (Big yam Dreaming) 1995 is a monumental canvas, painted entirely in bold white lines on black. The network of lines, derived from women’s striped body paintings, suggests the roots of the pencil yam spreading beneath the ground and the cracks in the ground created as it ripens.