Kngwarreye, an Australian Aborgine, began painting at age 82. She was senior custodian of "Yam Dreaming" for the community of Utopia, which meant that she carried the responsibility for maintaining
knowledge about how and where yams are found, and when they are ready
to be dug.
This painting was completed in the last year of her life and shows the underground network of overlapping
yam vines. Her work was a dramatic departure from the traditional Aboriginal dream time paintings, and it made Kngwarreye a global art world phenomenon literally overnight. In four years, the market price for her work reached $1M for each individual canvas. She died at 86.