Born: c. late 1960's
Language Group: Alyawarre
Country: Ngkwarlerlaneme and Arnkawenyerr, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen
Subjects: Ilyarnayt (Acacia Validinervia), Alhepalh (Acacia Dictyophleba), Country, Olden Day Life, Rainbow Dreaming (Boor-la-da), Alpeyt (Wild Flowers), Ilyarn, Yerrampe (Honey Ant), Bush Food, Bush Medicine, Tharkerr (Sweet Honey Grevillea)
Michelle is younger sister to Lily Lion Kngwarreye who is represented in both batik and painting collections. Michelle, though younger, paints with the same refined style and her subject matter relates to her countries Ngkwarlerlaneme and Arnkawenyerr.
Her works have been featured in several group exhibitions since 1977, including shows at Utopia Art, Sydney; the Orange Regional Gallery; the Austral Gallery, St Louis, USA; the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, and the Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
|2002||Mbantua Gallery - Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, Oregon U.S.A (Benefit - OHSU Heart Research Centre); Urban Wine Works, Portland, Oregon U.S.A (Benefit OHSU Heart Research Centre); Mary's Woods, Portland, Oregon U.S.A (Benefit OHSU Heart Research Centre)|
|2003||Mbantua Gallery - New City Merchants, Knoxville, Tennessee U.S.A; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee U.S.A; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, Oregon U.S.A (Benefit - OHSU Heart Research Centre); Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland, Oregon U.S.A (Benefit - OHSU Heart Research Centre); Mary's Woods, Portland Oregon U.S.A (Benefit - OHSU Heart Research Centre); Art From The Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland Oregon U.S.A (Benefit - OHSU Heart Research Centre)|
|2004||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibition; Greenwich, Connecticut|
|2005||Natural Inspirations, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T|
All of Michelle's Dreamtime stories belong to her countries Ngkwarlerlaneme and Arnkawenyerr. This painting is inspired by the Dreamtime story of the Ilyarn or Ilyarnayt (Acacia validinervia), a rare and attractive plant growing throughout Central Australia.
Bundles of golden yellow globular flowers bloom on this plant, nestled in between thick, leathery leaves. This plant is particularly favourable for the abundance of edible grubs living in the roots, known simply as Ilyarnayt.
In this painting Michelle depicts the leaves and flowers of this plant and its seeds.