Language Group: Anmatyerre
Country: Alhalkere , Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Subjects: Atnwelarre (Pencil Yam), Country
Delvine started painting for Mbantua Gallery in November 2001 and predominantly paints the dreamtime story of the Atnwelarre (Pencil Yam). The dreamtime of the Atnwelarre was passed down to her from her father's country, Alhalkere and although this is the only Dreaming that she actually paints. Delvine also owns other Dreamtime stories belonging to Alhalkere country.
Delvine's paintings incorporate beautiful colours and brushwork inspired by her two older sisters, renowned artists Anna Price and Joy Petyarre. Delvine grew up in Utopia, and currently lives in Alice Springs with her daughter and sisters.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
|2004||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Nashville, Tennessee|
Atnwelarr, the Pencil Yam, and Kame, the seed of this plant, are the subject of Delvine's painting. The Dreamtime stories for both of these belong to Delvine's country Alhalkere in the Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs. The Atnwelarr is a trailing herb or creeper, sometimes covering large areas, with bright green leaves, yellow flowers and long skinny yams (swollen roots). These are an important food source which can be eaten raw or cooked in hot sand and ashes.
In the Dreamtime there are two parts to the Kame story, one that belongs to Alhalkere and Atnangkere countries, and the other that belongs to Arnumarra country. Two different seeds were born that created two different species of Pencil Yam; one called Atnwelarr which belongs to Delvine's country, and the other called Arlatyeye which belongs to Arnumarra country. The Atnwelarr and Kame stories are very important Dreamtime stories for Delvine's country and ceremonies by her people are performed to ensure its productivity as a food source and life form of the ancestors. In this painting, Delvine uses beautiful designs to represent the leaves of the Atnwelarr.