Friday, September 2, 2011

On September 2

On this day in ...
... 1996 (15 years ago today), Emily Kame Kngwarreye died in Alice Springs, Australia, about 86 years after she'd been born in Soakage Bore, an Aboriginal community known as Utopia, about 270 kilometers northeast of Alice Springs. She found employment as a stockhand, unusual given that most women workers of the time were in domestic service. Encouraged by a woman working in the community, Emily began creating batik works based on traditional patterns. In the late 1980s she was introduced to the medium of painting and "[f]rom then on, right up to the week of her death, she painted with extraordinary vigour and invention." (image credit) She is considered "one of Australia's leading painters of modern times," and "[o]ne of the most highly respected Aboriginal artists of all time."

(Prior September 2 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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