Collection Online
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
210.8 × 121.6 cm
Place/s of Execution
Soakage Bore, Northern Territory
Accession Number
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1990
©Emily Kam Kngwarray/Licensed by Copyright Agency, Australia
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Gallery location
Gallery 14
Level 3, NGV Australia
Emily Kam Kngwarray celebrates the lush abundance of her Country after rain, when fresh grass shoots and the small bright green leaves of (pencil yam) appear in the earth. This sense of Country being made green and lush is symbolised by the vibrant palette of light greens and ochre colours. The intersecting lines indicate the artist’s anwerlarr Dreaming: its tuberous roots beneath the ground, the cracks which form in the soil as it ripens, the place where women dig for it, and the striped awely body designs worn by women in ceremony.