Born in 1982, Genevieve Kemarr Loy is an anmatyerre artist from the Utopia region. She is the granddaughter of Nancy Petyarr and has learnt painting from her father, Cowboy Loy Pwerl. Genevieve paints her father’s country and the story of the Bush Turkey, for which he is senior custodian. Her paintings depict the tracks the bush turkey makes as it searches for seeds and other tucker and makes its way to the waterhole. On a more complex cultural level, her work is about women’s ceremonies of the Anmatyerr people and are a significant depiction of the relationship between Genevieve and her country in Utopia, Central Australia.
Genevieve also depicts the green plant called Akwerlkerrmwerlkerr that grows like a lawn alongside the road. It has white flowers on top and the bush turkey likes to eat the seeds.
Genevieve’s paintings are characterised by a beautiful and careful handling of paint, a harmonious sense of colour and great control of the delicate spidery marks that make their way across her canvas. Her work shows a mature grasp of colour, design, and resolved aesthetic direction.
In particular, her Bush Turkey Dreaming paintings combine traditional meticulous dots and elegant wisps, creating vibrant, pulsating, and richly textured surfaces. These works represent Genevieve’s own re-imaging of the Dreaming stories.