1. Bush Flowers, After the Rains, Polly Kngale, 47 " x 47 " ( 120 x
120 cms), Utopia, 2005
The Kngale sisters are one of the most exciting developments in Utopia art in recent years. The three sisters share the same dreaming, (Bush Plum) but paint it in their own distinctive styles. Veterans of the Utopia batik movement in the eighties, the sisters have all developed complexly layered overdotting techniques used to create atmospheric surfaces of light, depth, and movement, but with markedly different results.
Polly is the oldest sister (somewhere around 70) and her work is the most sensual and loose of the three, echoing Emily's magical touch in her layering of color to create rich atmospheric surfaces, which are very alive, suffused with color and movement, and redolent of the natural cycles of her totem the bush plum. Polly's paintings have a refined lyricism reminiscent of the very fine batik work that came out of Utopia in the 80s. Hers is very much the work of an older woman, that magic in the blending of underdotting and overdotting, loose, natural, and sensual. Polly's current paintings are drawing favorable comparisons to Emily Kngwarreye's bravura small-dot masterpieces from 1990-1991.