Delvine is the daughter of the late Glory Ngala and niece to the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye. An emerging artist in the Utopia region. Born in 1982 she is a mother and lives in Alice Springs with her extended family.
Delvine primarily paints Yam Seed Dreaming. Her works are colourful and intricate expressions of the songs and stories associated with her plant totem, the Bush Yam, and its seeds. The Bush Yam has been a staple food and water source for the Anmatyerre people for countless years, and the seeds that form and scatter from the plant are ground up to make flour for damper. During ceremony, it is Delvine’s duty to pay homage to the yam seeds and give thanks for their abundance and regenerative qualities. By painting to the tempo of a ceremonial song, Delvine expresses her connection to her plant totem in a permanent medium.
A versatile and creative artist Delvine has changed her painting style radically several times over the last decade. Her latest works (My Country) are becoming more collectible as she develops her craft and cements her reputation as one of Utopia’s rising talents. Delvine creates these works using intricate lines of small dots, giving this work a great amount of movement and depth.
In the last year, Delvine has added extra iconography to these works, including her body paint designs and her depictions of Ochre Stones, Ceremonial Bush Tucker including Yam Seed and Yam Root. The lines of tiny dots combine to create a depiction of both the Yam Seed and also the Sandhills that are predominant in her home country.
This piece specifically relates to the sand hills and dry river bed that runs through her home country at Utopia. The ceremony is held by the women to give thanks for the abundance of the Bush Yam and its seeds, which can be found in this area.