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MB032126

Merne Altwerr (Split-Jack)

Mary Morton Kemarre

Mary Morton Kemarre

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Medium
Acrylic on Canvas
Size
120 x 120cm
Year Painted
2006
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MB032126

Merne Altwerr (Split-Jack)

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Artist Profile

Mary Morton Kemarre was a well known Utopia artist. She was involved in the bati…

Artist Profile

Artist Profile

Mary Morton Kemarre
Born:

c. 1931

Deceased:

2016

Language Group:

Alyawarre

Country:

Antarrengeny, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Medium:

Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk, Seed Jewellery, Wood Carving

Subjects:

Country, Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Apeng (Kurrajong) Dreaming, Merne Altwerr (Split-Jack), Camp Scene, Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Ngkweyang (Kurrajong Seed)

Mary Morton Kemarre was a well known Utopia artist. She was involved in the batik movement established at Utopia in the late 1970's.

Mary painted her country (Antarrengeny) and the ceremonial body paint designs belonging to her country. She lived in the Utopia region with her large extended family with a bright and bubbly personality. Mary had four daughters, Lucky, Audrey, Sarah and Ruby who are also well known in the Aboriginal art industry.

COLLECTIONS
The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth, WA
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, SA
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA
EXHIBITIONS
1989
Utopia Women's Paintings, the first Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-1989, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1990
Utopia - A Picture Story, an Exhibition of 88 works on Silk by Utopian artists, Holmes à Court Collection, toured Eire and Scotland
1990
Stanislawsk-Birnberg, Margo, Journeylines ©
1991
The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
1991
Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
1993
The Tenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
1994
Yiribana, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2002-2004
Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions
2004-2006
Evolution of Utopia - opened by the Honorable Robert Hill, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2005
Small Wonders, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
REFERENCES
Brody, A.
(1989) Utopia Women's Paintings The First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project 1988-89, exhib.cat., Heytesbury Holdings, Perth, WA
Brody, A.
(1990) Utopia: a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes à Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings, Perth, WA
NATSIVAD
(1997) Database
Isaacs, J.
(1999) Spirit Country, Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art, Hardie Grant Books ©
Desart
(2000) The Aboriginal Art Centres of Central Australia, Putting in the Colour - Contemporary Aboriginal Textiles, Jukurrpa Books (IAD Press) ©

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Artist Name, Artwork Size, Medium, Year Painted,

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Artist Name:
Mary Morton Kemarre
Artwork Size:
120 x 120cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted:
2006
Title:
Merne Altwerr (Split-Jack)
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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

Mary depicts the Merne Altwerr, the Split-Jack plant. Merne means food in Mary's language and Altwerr is the plant.

The seeds of the Altwerr plant were once collected, ground and used to make bread. This practice is not habitual now due to ready made bread however the story of collecting it is passed on to new generations.

Located at
Mbantua Warehouse