Awelye 1989 90 x 60 cm
“. . .whole lot, that’s whole lot, . . . .That’s what I paint: whole lot. . . .” (Alhalkere Paintings from Utopia)
As some of you guessed last month , our mystery abstract painter is the indigenous artist from Central Australia, Emily Kame Kngwaarreye whose career as a painter spanned less than 8 years ( she was a batik artist for 12 years) but whose legacy includes almost 3,000 works.
Emu Woman 1988/89 92 x 61 cm
I will never fully understand how or why Kngwarreye painted as she did, the mapping of her environment, the spiritual meaning, her connection to her environment. Perhaps there is a cultural gulf which I will never cross, but I admire her work tremendously and find it endlessly fascinating–a way of seeing landscape that mesmerizes.
Untitled 1992 165×165 cm
Untitled 1992 164×227 cm
I know only that her magnificent use of color and pattern are phenomenal — and inspirational — abstractions (expressive too!).