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MB031524

Anwekety (Conkerberry)

Medium
Acrylic on Canvas
Size
60 x 30cm
Year Painted
2006
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MB031524

Anwekety (Conkerberry)

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Artist Profile

Ally Kemarre Born: c. 1930's Deceased: 2007 Language Group: Anmatyerre …

Artist Profile

Ally Kemarre

Born: c. 1930's

Deceased: 2007

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Country: Ahalpere, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk

Subjects: Anwekety (Conkerbery), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Design)

Ally began painting during the CAAMA - A Summer Project of 1988/89 when acrylic painting was introduced to her home region of Utopia. Though far from prolific, Ally steadily painted up until her death in 2007. Her simplistic paintings reflected the Anwekety, small black conkerberries that grow after good rain. They are found abundantly in certain areas of Utopia, particularly where she called home.

Ally lived in a family community where many members were artists; primarily painting with some sculpture. Some of these family members include Glady Kemarre, Angelina Pwerle and Polly and Kathleen Ngale whom all paint for Mbantua Gallery. With her art, Ally tried to teach the wider world about her paintings and the Anwekety that features in them.

Collections

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth

Exhibitions

1989 Utopia Women's Paintings, the First works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1990 Utopia- A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on Silk from the Holmes á Court Collection by Utopia Artists who toured Eire and Scotland
2000 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T, Australia

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Artist Name:
Ally Kemarre
Artwork Size:
60 x 30cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted:
2006
Title:
Anwekety (Conkerberry)
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This painting on canvas will be shipped in a cylinder to you free of charge, worldwide! An option to have this painting 'stretched' onto a wooden frame may be available. If selected, further charges will apply and will be calculated at checkout.

Description

The conkerberry (or conkleberry) known as Anwekety or bush plum to Ally, is a sweet black berry that is favoured by desert aboriginals. They only grow on the plant (Carissa lanceolata) for a few weeks of the year, however Ally's people collect plenty of them and store them dry, soaking them in water again before being consumed. The plant of the conkerberry is a tangled, spiny shrub that can grow up to 2m high. After rain fragrant white flowers bloom. This plant also bares medicinal properties. The orange inner bark from the roots can be soaked in water and the resultant solutions can be used as a medicinal wash. This is particularly favoured for skin and eye conditions. The thorns on the shrub can be used to cure warts.

Ally paints the conkerberry (dot work). In Anmatyerre the conkerberry is called Anwekety. This fruit looks very similar to a plum and is often referred to in English by Ally as a 'bush plum'. In the Dreamtime, winds blew from all directions, carrying the Anwekety seed over Ally's ancestors' land. The first Anwekety of the Dreamings then grew, bore fruit and dropped more seeds. Many winds blew the seeds all over the Dreaming lands.

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Mbantua Alice Gallery (MGA)

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