Dolly Mills Petyarre was one of the most talked about names in Utopia art back in the 90's with group and solo exhibitions across Australia's capital cities.
Now 72, Dolly wants you to know she's not finished yet and has been working on something special after a long hiatus.
Her new works reveal superimposed dotting in circles and lines, layered upon each other, working their way across the canvas to depict elements of the Pencil Yam Dreaming.
We have just two pieces but hope to see more by Dolly in the coming months.
Born in 1948, Dolly is an Anmatyerre woman from the Utopia region in remote Central Australia. As an artist, she participated in the batik project Utopia A Picture Story in the 1980's and began painting soon after it's completion. Dolly's works have been exhibited extensively, most notably with World Vision in the 1990's.
Dolly paints kame; pencil yam seeds.
In the Dreamtime, there are two parts to the Pencil Yam story. Two different kame were borne that created two different species of pencil yam; one called Atnwelarr and the other called Arlatyeye. Atnwelarr belongs to Dolly's country Alhalkere.
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Deep into Central Australia’s remote Utopia region, there is a small community nestled in the bush where Dinny and Josie Kunoth live.
Several bright coloured buildings are home to the residents of this community which include a portion of Dinny and Josie's nine children and their families.
Gloria was a special 2020 exhibition showcasing the beautiful and quintessential Leaves paintings by Gloria Petyarre.
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