Arlperre is a most significant 'country' on Utopia Station northwest of Delmore Downs Station in Central Australia. Those Kngale and Kemarre custodians who paint Arlperre largely focus on the Conkerberry...
Arlperre is a most significant "country" on Utopia Station northwest of Delmore Downs Station in Central Australia. Those Kngale and Kemarre custodians who paint Arlperre largely focus on the Conkerberry which is often simply called "bush plum" or Anekwetj (pron. Anookkitja).
This fruit thrives over the vast flood area of Arlperre about every seven years when the Sandover River floods its banks after huge storms. Traditionally, this event is one of great relief and celebration.
Kathleen's painting of the bush plum theme derives from her long memory of survival, particularly the hard years of drought, the internalised anticipation of rain, and the belief that ceremony would help bring the rain and abundance of bush food.
Kathleen takes a layered approach to the canvas, and gives it her stamp of validity through her choice of colours. The pink-red-blue-purple colours represent different degrees of ripeness of the plum, with purple being the indicator for eating. Her final flourish of white overlay of the canvas represents the sun-dried leaves, seeds, husks and grasses of the Arlperre. It also completes her expression of place and its significance to her.
Works by Kathleen Kngale are included in the collection of The National Gallery of Australia in Canberra and The Victorian National Gallery in Melbourne as well as major corporate and private collections both in Australia and internationally.