A spark happens when you find an artist whose work you connect with. That’s what happened when I landed upon a piece by Australian artist, Emily Kame Kngwarreye. The colors, patterns and visual scope of her work was immediately striking. However, even more striking was her story. A native Australian, Kngwarreye was a member of an indigenous Aboriginal community. Born early in the 20th century, in 1910, she came to be celebrated as Australia’s most prominent contemporary artist late in her life, at the age of 80. It was late in life that her career began. While she only painted for eight years, it is estimated that she painted over 3000 works in that short span of time.
Her works still have resonance today. Her use of color and strong patterns like polka dots and stripes, would fit seamlessly among the decor in the modern homes that many of us live in today.
To learn more about Kngwarreye and her fascinating life, visit the National Museum of Australia’s website.