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"Emily is the oldest artist at Utopia and one of the leaders in ceremonies of the community. In her art she concentrates on many of the foods that women collect on food gathering trips. The foods include mountain devil lizard, sand goannas, perenties as well as grass seeds for flour making, bush tomatoes and bananas." [ATSIC card catalogue]
A colour dot painting on canvas featuring a pattern of yellow bird footprints. The painting is divided into segments with one to three footprints in each segment. The segments are formed through curving yellow lines. Pink, blue and brown dots cover the painting. On the reverse handwritten in black ink is 'FRAME: 117 / Emily Kngwarreye / A/N C-0328 / ONIO EMILY / KNGWARREYE?'. Attached to the reverse is a white piece of paper with information regarding the painting. The canvas is stretched over a strainer, has a backing board and a brown wooden frame.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.
The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.
W 2169mm x H 1258mm x D 44mm
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