Daisy Kemarre Moss Australian, Alyawarre, b. 1948
Daisy's work pays homage to the significance and use of traditional bush medicine, allowing an insight into her community. Yet underneath the iridescent surface, there is an underlying sense that there is more to her landscape than meets the eye.
Daisy's painting style demonstrates a deep connection to her country, her bushes and wild flowers blend softly into the earth and the artist often employs a subdued and natural pale e. Artists from Ampilatwatja often omit the sky from their compositions, allowing the viewer's eye to scan the landscape without a focal point, presenting two viewpoints of the country, combining an aerial and frontal view in the one composition.
The Artists of Ampilatwatja community was established in 1999 near Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. The work produced by the artists is recognisably distinct from other Aboriginal artistic communities, due to the application of fine dots and the often bright and child-like figurative depiction of the land.
Daisy is one of the original artists who participated in the Utopian silk batik project in the 1980's. Since then she has been pain ng with the Artists of Ampilatwatja and has exhibited worldwide.
My grandmother told me a lot of stories about the countryside where she was living in the bush. Now she is old, and lives in Alice Springs. I go visit her every month. I live in Ampilatwatja because I like the countryside. I started to paint because I watched my mum Rosie Kemarre Morton paint. I paint the country side of my grandmother and I use the light dots in the land and the sky to make everything light.