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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

On a recent trip to Australia I fell madly in love with the paintings of Emily Kame Kngwarreye (pronounced Ung-warh-ay). I am not alone as Emily has been hailed as an artistic genius, her paintings acclaimed around the world as modern abstract masterpieces, her works compared to that of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko and her work “Big Yam Dreaming” hailed as one of the greatest paintings of the 20th century. Heady stuff, yet outside Australia she is hardly a household name.

She was an unlikely candidate to take the modern art world by storm. In fact Emily was an Australian Aboriginal woman who lived her life in a remote community, rather optimistically named “Utopia” in Australia’s central dessert, 240 km north west of Alice Springs, a harsh landscape of  mulga scrub and spinifex plants trying to survive on sandy flats of bright red desert earth with the occasional dry river bed lined with gum trees and paperbarks.

Emily spent her life in virtual isolation thousands of miles from the influences of the contemporary art world. She lived in poverty, had no formal education, spoke her native language Anmatyerre and didn’t even begin painting on canvas until 1989 at the age of 79 when her very first painting “Emu Woman”, wildly divergent in style from previous works by aboriginal artists, brought her to the attention of the art world.

In a rare interview, (translated by a relative) when asked what she painted, Emily replied “Whole lot, that’s all, whole lot. My dreaming, pencil yam, mountain devil lizard, grass seed, dingo, emu, small plant emu food, green bean and yam seed. That’s what I paint, whole damn lot.” 

Traditional Aboriginals are a deeply spiritual people and her answer refers to the complex, mythical legends that explain Creation, determine Aboriginal laws and beliefs and assign to each individual their own particular dreaming identity. As Emily paints exclusively about The Dreaming it is impossible to understand her work without understanding The Dreaming.

For Australian aboriginal people, the dreaming is the unseen parallel universe they believe exists alongside the one they are living. This dream world, or spiritual realm is continuous and eternal, both ‘everywhere’ and ‘everywhen’, the past, present and future. It is their life force and as such the Dreaming exerts powerful influences over the real world.

The actual time of creation is called the Dreamtime. Dreamtime legends, passed on through generations by singing, dancing, storytelling and painting tell how the earth, sky, plants animals, rivers and changing seasons were all created long ago by spirit ancestors. The dreaming legends explain natural phenomena, like how colors came to be, the introduction of language and the first use of fire. They provide explanations of why things are the way they are and give meaning to everyday life. But it is even deeper than that. Because they believe that the spiritual realm is both ‘everywhere’ and ‘everywhen’ physical objects can capture and contain the spiritual ‘essence’ that was present at the time of creation. If Emily paints a yam flower it is not just an image of a yam flower, nor is it ‘a’ yam flower, it is simply ‘yam flower’. When Emily said she painted ‘whole lot’, she meant just that – she painted Creation.

Peg Steley

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Emily Strange

Emily the Strange and her cats.

Emily the Strange (sometimes written as Emily Strange) is a fictional counterculture character created by Rob Reger and his company Cosmic Debris Etc. Inc.



Emily the Strange first appeared on a sticker, a freebie distributed at concerts, record stores and skate shops to promote Cosmic Debris, the clothing line founded by skateboarder Rob Reger and racecar driver Matt Reed. Reger’s friend Nathan Carrico designed Emily in 1991 for Santa Cruz Skateboards in Santa Cruz, California, where Cosmic Debris was born. In his Santa Cruz garage (and later an artist warehouse in San Francisco) Reger created the designs and with Matt Reed brought them into the fashion world by creating t-shirt designs that captured the essence of this mysterious young girl with 4 black cats. Since then, Cosmic Debris has grown into a multi-million dollar firm with dozens of employees. Cosmic Debris has most recently moved its operations to Berkeley, California, and plans to open an Emily retail store there soon. With the momentum of mainstream success, several comics about Emily have also been made. Key creative people over the years (designers, graphic artists, illustrators), who have worked with Reger’s Cosmic Debris design house are Buzz Parker, Brian Brooks, Grace Fontaine, Liz Baca, Noel Tolentino, Fawn Gehweiler, Jessica Gruner, Adele Pedersen and Nicomi “Nix” Turner. Rob Reger remains the key creative force behind the brand, and Buzz Parker is the key illustrator for the comic books and Web site. Buzz Parker runs EmilyStrange.com from his offices in Arcata, California.


Controversy regarding character origins


Although the Emily the Strange character dates from 1991, the 1978 children’s book Nate the Great and the Lost List features a similar young girl, named Rosamond. Like Emily, Rosamond has long black hair and a short black dress, white mary jane shoes and four black cats of different sizes, and is frequently described as “strange”. In particular, the text of Nate the Great introduces Rosamond: “Rosamond did not look hungry or sleepy. She looked like she always looks. Strange.” An early Emily the Strange sticker has the text: “Emily did not look tired or happy. She looked like she always looks. Strange.” Multiple sources have noted this overlap.


Rob Reger has commented on the issue, explaining in part: “Although the designs and worlds of Rosamond and Emily are different and readily distinguishable, and although we never received any complaints from the author, the artist, or the publisher, we phased out the original skateboard design upon learning of the Rosamond character, and worked with the creative team to further distinguish Emily and her universe. Regarding copyright law, there is legally nothing wrong with sharing or implementing a unique variation on a concept. I have never drawn inspiration from the Nate the Great series or Rosamond.1]
In December 2008, the original creator of Rosamond, Marc Simont, told LA Times that he was recently made aware of Emily the Strange and has consulted with his legal team.
Emily also bears a resemblance to the character Reiko of the internet comic Contemplating Reiko, though this has not been considered plagiarism. 




Emily is a 13-year-old (birthday: 9/23) of exceptionally pale complexion. She has jet black hair, and wears a black dress and black tights, set off by large white Mary Jane shoes. She has a dark, gothic world view.
Accompanying Emily are her four black cats. Sabbath, who is distinguished by a scar on his left ear, is the troublemaker of the four and rarely seen close up and also says dude a lot. Nee-Chee, who has a black and white striped tail, is the schemer. The creative cat, Miles, has a white X on his right eye. Mystery, the leader of the group, has a white star on her right eye. Because she is the leader, she is the closest to Emily.




The franchise has a considerable merchandising catalog, including clothing, stationery, stickers, and accessories, all featuring Emily’s distinctive appearance and frequently featuring one of her sayings (such as a beach-towel emblazoned with “Wish You Weren’t Here”). Emily the Strange fashion is popular and attractive in the Goth subculture with young adults and teenagers.[citation needed]




Epiphone has released a limited edition SG of the counterculture icon. The Emily the Strange G-310 features 700T and 650R Humbuckers, Chrome hardware, Basswood body, Rosewood fingerboard, Mahogany neck and graphics inspired by Emily herself. Lil’ Wayne is shown holding one…(and so on) To get More information , you can visit some products about discount text books, screen printing books, . The Hybrid DVR (Hyr-1216b; 16ch = 12ch + 4ch IP) products should be show more here!

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