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Belinda Golder Kngwarreye / Yam Dreaming (BG020)

119cm x 70cm Acrylic on Canvas 

SKU: BG020

$1,200.00 $990.00

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Belinda Golder Kngwarreye was born at Mulga Bore, Utopia, Central Australia in 1986. Belinda comes from a family of talented female artists – her grandmother is senior Utopia artist Polly Ngale, and her mother Bessie Purvis Petyarre and sister Janet Golder are also accomplished artists. Artists Kathleen Ngale and Angelina Ngale are her great aunts.

Belinda paints the Bush Plum / Yam Dreaming story that she inherits from her grandmother Polly Ngale. Her technique is to render the many colours of the bush plum plant as the fruits ripen. The bush plum is known as anwekety and only fruits for a few weeks of the year.

Belinda continues to live in Utopia with her husband and 2 children. 

Belinda has painted the Desert Yam (or Bush Plum) story from her family’s country. The yam grows underground with its viny shrub growing above ground up to one metre high. It is normally found on Spinifex sand plains and produces large flowers after summer rain. The yam is a tuber, or swollen root, of the shrub and tastes much like the common sweet potato. It can be eaten raw or cooked and is still a staple food for the desert aborigines where it can be harvested at any time of the year. It is also renowned for its medicinal properties. This medicine is used to heal cuts, wounds, bites, rashes and as an insect repellent. In this painting, Belinda depicts the flowers of the yam paying homage to the spirit of this special plant in the hope that it will regenerate.

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