Emily Kam Kngwarray
2 Dec 2023 – 28 Apr 2024
'[My paintings are the] whole lot, that’s all, whole lot: awelye (my dreaming), arlatyeye (pencil yam), arkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard), ntange (grass seed), ingu (dog), ankerre (emu) intekwe (plants, emu food), atnwerle (green bean) and yam seed.
That’s what I paint, whole lot…’
Emily Kam Kngwarray celebrates the timeless art of a pre-eminent Australian artist, one of the world’s most significant contemporary painters to emerge in the 20th century. A senior Anmatyerre woman, Kngwarray’s devoted her final years to painting, creating works that encapsulate the experience and authority she gained throughout an extraordinary life.
The exhibition will be an extensive survey of Emily Kam Kngwarray’s work, bringing together the most important works of her oeuvre, from early vibrant batiks to her later monumental paintings on canvas. An audio-visual project created in collaboration with artist’s community will feature as part of the exhibition, weaving through the songs of the awelye that informed Kngwarray’s works in soundscapes and audio tours.
Emily Kam Kngwarray includes paintings, textiles (batiks), sculptures, and works on paper drawn from international and national collections. Many never before seen works from tightly held private collections are included in this exhibition, along with new acquisitions of the artist’s seminal works in the national collection.
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Curators: Kelli Cole, Warumunga and Luritja people, Curator, Special Projects, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, and Hetti Perkins, Arrernte and Kalkadoon peoples, Senior Curator-at-Large, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art.