13. Merne, Abundance, Emily Kngwarreye 1995 48" x 36"
middle period colorist paintings are often described in terms of women's
ceremonial responsibility for the renewal of nature, particularly plant
life, women being the gatherers in this hunter-gatherer society. When
Emily was asked toe explain her paintings with specificity she famously
replied, "Whole lot! Everything! Implying that Aboriginal women
are responsible for growth and renewal and that these natural processes
of growth and renewal are interlinked plants and animals, people, everything.
Paintings of this period often convey the feeling of natural cycles
in full swing , plants bursting forth bearing flowers and fruits.