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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Be inspired by the richness of the desert. Warm desert hues are the heroes of this calm yet inviting palette; dusty roses, bright yellows, desert reds and a hint of oasis blue.
More importantly, artworks represent ancient ancestral stories and a deep connection to the desert-like country of remote Central Australia.