Language Group: Anmatyerre
Country: Atoola (Bushy Park) , Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Subjects: Yerrampe (Honey Ant) Dreaming, Ntyweyampe (Corkwood Tree) Dreaming, Mulga Tree Dreaming, Snake
Kenny is a senior man for his country and teacher of the Dreaming stories belonging to his country, Atoola (Bushy Park).
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
|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: Greenwich, Connecticut|
Kenny paints the story of the Yerrampe (Honey Ant) that belongs to his country, Atoola (Bushy Park). This story, its songs, dances and symbols have been passed down to Kenny from his father. The Yerrampe are a sweet bush food for the aboriginal people that live underneath the ground of Mulga trees, making the Yerrampe Dreaming linked to the Mulga Tree Dreaming, both of which are very sacred to Kenny. When collected care is taken not to kill or hurt the Yerrampe (or not get bitten either!) so that they can go on and collect more honey again. The sac on the back of the honey ant is pure natural honey.
A concentric circle in the centre of the painting depicts the hole of the honey ants' nest. Linear work extending from this circle depicts the travelling lines of the honey ants as they crawl back into and out of their hole. Arced linear motifs represent wind breaks that Kenny and the men have set up around the Mulga tree to make collecting the honey ants easier (prickles are prevented from blowing in their direction).