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Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993

Jenny Sages

charcoal on paper (sheet: 30.4 cm x 22.8 cm)

Jenny Sages made these drawings as she sat with Emily Kngwarreye and her friend Lily under their 'talking tree'. Emily thought Jenny was as old as she was, and Sages recalls that they sat and talked 'as two 83-year-olds do'. The fifteen works in the series, recording the changing expressions on the Anmatyerre woman's face and her shifts between lively and impassive postures, work together like the storyboard of a film of Emily Kngwarreye.

Caption: Sarah Engledow, National Portrait Gallery

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2002.23.5

Currently on display: Gallery Six (Tim Fairfax Gallery)

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Artist and subject

Jenny Sages (age 60 in 1993)

Emily Kame Kngwarreye (age 83 in 1993)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Jenny Sages (27 portraits)

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