Katie Kemarre (Akemarr) - Kurrajong Seed
Artist: Katie Kemarre (Akemarr)
Title: Apeng (Kurrajong) Dreaming
Size: 30 x 30 cm
Acrylic on canvas.
This painting is stretched on a timber frame and is ready to hang.
The artwork comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and photo of the artist.
This painting depicts aboriginal women collecting a type of bush medicine called apeng,the Kurrajong tree. Leaves are ground and mixed with animal fat to create a topical ointment, or with water as a drinking solution. There is an ancient Dreamtime story belonging to apeng which lies in the heart of Alyawarr land in Katie’s country, Antarrengeny north east of Alice Springs.
Flower like designs represent the Kurrajong flower while background dots represent the seeds, called amen ngkweyang.
Ngkweyang is an important and nutritious food source. Not a habitual practice now, the Aboriginal people would collect these seeds, burn them to remove small hairs, and grind them into a paste for making damper (bread).
Bio:Artist: Katie Kemarre (Akemarr)
Language Group: Alyawarr
Prior to painting, Katie participated in the Utopia - A Picture Story Exhibition, featuring silk batik works by 88 Utopian artists, which toured internationally.
During 1988 and 1989, Katie was involved with the Summer Project, which introduced many Utopian’s into the art of painting. It didn’t take long before painting was a huge hit and the artists moved entirely from batik work into acrylic on canvas/linen.
Katie’s work evolves continually which reflects the nature of Katie’s personality and tribe. Katie occasionally dabbles in wood carvings for art purposes, where she has experience in creating wooden artifacts, such as bowls, for her community.
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA
Exhibitions1989 Utopia Women’s Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1990 Utopia- A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Robert Holmes á Court Collection by Utopian Artists which toured Eire and Scotland.
1991 The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1991 Aboriginal Women’s Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1993 The Tenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1994 Yiribana, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2002 Group Exhibition, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2002 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR
2003 Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank in conjunction with Mbantua Gallery, Portland, Oregon USA
2003 Art from the Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR USA
2004 Last of the 20th Century, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibition; Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Greenwich and New York
2004 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs
Further ReferencesBrody, A 1989, Utopia Women’s Paintings: the First Work on Canvas, A Summer Project 1988-89., cat., Heytesbury Holdings, Perth
Brody, A 1990, Utopia: a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth
Aratjara 1993, Art of the First Australians: Traditional and Contemporary Works by
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists, exhib. Cat. (conceived and designed by Bernard Luthi in collaboration with Gary Lee), Dumont, Buchverlag, Koln.
Neale, M. 1994, Yiribana, exhib.cat., Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery 1991, Aboriginal Women’s Exhibition, exhib. Cat. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney