Honey Ant Dreaming by Janice Kngwarreye Morton
Janice Kngwarreye Morton comes from a very large artistic family and is an exceptional sculptor of wooden artefacts. She lives on Utopia with her family. Her Dreamings include Alpeyt (Wild Flowers), Rainbow Dreaming (Mpwelarr), Ilyarn, Ilyarnayt, Tharrkarr (Sweet Honey Grevillea) and Yerramp (Honey Ant).
Janice has been painting and making wood sculptures since early 1980s. Her work is usually extremely refined with intricate dot and brush work. She paints detailed studies of honey ants, rainbow dreaming, bush flowers, camp stories and designs associated with the stories from her country.
The Honey Ant is considered a delicacy by the Utopian women. The women search the country for the nests and then dig holes to extract them. They collect the ants in their coolamons. In this painting Janice Kngwarreye Morton depicts the various nests of the honey ants.
- 1989, Utopia Women’s Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.
- 1990, ‘Utopia – A Picture Story,’ an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland.
- 1990, Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, Lake Oswego Center for the Arts, United States of America.
- 1991, Aboriginal Women’s Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney