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Katie Morton Kemarre / Bush Flowers

60cm x 45cm Acrylic on Linen

SKU: P38


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Katie was born in 1943 at Antarrengeny, Utopia Region, NE of Alice Springs. Her language is Alyawarr. Along with many of her famous relatives Katie participated in the “Utopia A Picture Story Exhibition”, silk batik by 88 Utopian artists, which toured internationally. Other involvements are the Summer Project, painting from Utopia in 1988-89.

Katie is represented in important collections throughout Australia and has been exhibited world wide for many years.


  • Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
  • The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
  • The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA

Katie paints 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 (depicted in this artwork). The yam 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 renowned for its medicinal properties. This medicine is used to heal cuts, wounds, bites, rashes and as an insect repellent. In this painting, Katie depicts the flowers of the yam paying homage to the spirit of this special medicine plant in the hope that it will regenerate.

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