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Pencil Yam Seed by Dolly Mills Petyarre

February 21, 2020 1 min read

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.

Dolly Mills Petyarre new paintings

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.

Dolly Mills hand painting small artwork

We have just two pieces but hope to see more by Dolly in the coming months.

Small Dolly Mills Petyarre painting in red and yellow Small Dolly Mills Petyarre painting in red and yellow

About Dolly Mills

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's family include Greeny Purvis Petyarre (brother), Jeannie Mills Pwerle  daughter), and the illustrious Emily Kame Kngwarreye (aunt).

About the Pencil Yam Dreaming

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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