‘Anaty’ (Bush Yam) by Jeannie Mills Pwerle
Jeannie has inherited the Yam Dreaming story and found success by creating her signature style of the “Anaty", the bush yam. Using a variety of colours in each brush stroke, she builds up a pattern of harmonious colours, applying wet on wet paint to the canvas, building up depth with each brush stoke. Each stroke is then defined with a multitude of fine white dots. She paints with patience and a quiet ease, giving homage to the Bush Yam to encourage the of abundance of food and life for seasons to come.
Jeannie Mills Pwerle b. 1965
Jeannie was raised by a generation of indigenous artists who were part of the Utopian batik art movement of the 1980s in Central Australia. Jeannie grew up surrounded by art, including her mother Dolly Mills’ yam seed paintings. Another influence is her great aunt, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, who is one of the most prominent and successful artists in the history of contemporary indigenous Australian art.