Language Group: Alyawarre
Country: Irrweltye, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Wood Sculptures
Subjects: Lyaw (Grass Seed) Story, Bush Themes (Flora and Fauna), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Designs associated with the stories from her country
Kylie is the daughter of Janice Clarke Kngwarreye and Wally Clarke Pwerle, both Utopia artists.
Kylie has been painting since early 1998 and has also worked with wood sculptures. Her work is extremely refined with intricate dot work and detailed studies of bush flowers, camp stories and designs associated with the stories from her country. Kylie would have observed and assisted with family painters as part of her training, which includes her grandmother Katie Kemarre, in particularly the Lyaw story. The intricate fine dot work is strongly influenced by her mother's painting style.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
|1999||Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs NT|
|1999||Redback Gallery, Brisbane QLD|
|2000||Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs NT|
|2001||Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs NT|
|2002||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland OR; Mary's Woods, Portland OR|
|2003||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville TN; 'The Cove Gallery', Portland OR; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland OR; Mary's Woods, Portland OR; Art From The Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR|
|2004||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Hartford, Greenwich, New York and Philadelphia|
|2004||Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, NT, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill|
|2005||Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, NT, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill|
|2005||'Small Wonders', Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT|
|2006||Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, NT, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill|
|2006||Janelle Stockman and Kylie Kemarre, Addison Road Gallery, Marrickville, NSW|
Kylie uses beautiful fine dot work in this painting to represent the Dreamtime story of Lyaw that belongs to her country, Irrweltye.
Lyaw is the Alyawarr word for the seed of the pigweed or munyeroo (Portulaca oleracea). It is also referred to as grass seed by Kylie in English. The pigweed is a fleshy ground-hugging herb that can grow to one metre in diameter. It produces small yellow or orange flowers and numerous small black seeds. These seeds are a most important food. The seeds must be collected at a critical time when the stems change from green to pink; if collected too soon they risk being immature, if collected too late they fall to the ground making collection too difficult. During this critical time, large quantities of the pigweed are collected and piled onto cleared ground near the community. They are left to dry and when the seeds fall to the ground they are gathered in heaps and cleaned. After cleaning, the seeds are roasted and ground, being consumed as a paste or patty as is or cooked again. Not a delicious food but it is extremely nutritious.