Language Group: Alyawarre
Country: Ngkwarlerlaneme and Arnkawenyerr, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk
Subjects: Ilyarnayt (Acacia Validinervia), Alhepalh (Acacia Dictyophleba), Alpeyt (Flowers), Country, Narrative Camp Scene, Rainbow Dreaming (Boor-la-da), Tharrkarr (Sweet Honey Grevillea), Yerrampe (Honey Ant)
Lily's work has 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. Lily was part of the Robert Holmes á Court exhibition of batik. Lily generally paints using very fine dot work or brush strokes.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth, WA
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT
All of Lily'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.