Emily Kngwarreye: Why she kicks ass
- She was an Aboriginal artist from the Utopia community in the Northern Territory, Australia.
- She is one of the most prominent and successful artists in the history of contemporary Indigenous Australian art.
- She didn’t take up painting seriously until she was nearly 80.
- Her early art was for preparing and using designs for women’s ceremonies, she then moved to painting batik cloth, then to canvas.
- Her first international solo exhibition of was held in Amsterdam at the Oude Kerk in 1999 by The Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings.
- In 2013, the first museum featuring a single Aboriginal Artist will be opened in Melbourne Australia . The Emily Museum is located at 11-15 Christensen St Cheltenham Victoria Australia . See more here.
- Also in 2000, Emily’s work was amongst that of eight individual and collaborative groups of Indigenous Australian artists shown in the prestigious Nicholas Hall at the Hermitage Museum in Russia.
- On 23 May 2007 her 1994 painting Earth’s Creation was purchased by Tim Jennings of Mbantua Gallery & Cultural Museum for A$1,056,000 at auction, setting a new record an Aboriginal artwork.
- You can see a chronology of her and her work by clicking here.
‘Impervious’ and ‘Without Sharpness’
oil-based relief, hand tinted with watercolor on Reeves Light
These two images come from a dream in which ecological preservation (my usual conceptual thesis) retranslated into human-animal cohabitation.
Mary Whalley - Ornamental Thoughtfulness
For six weeks, a number of small bronze hands were installed in public places throughout Wellington, New Zealand. Their purpose is to hold offerings which passers-by can take or replace with their own anonymous tokens of generosity or thoughtfulness. The project enacts the idea of ‘idealistic antagonism’ - a term the artist created to describe moments of anonymous kindness or beauty which interrupts the everyday mundane. Video here.