Yam (Anaty) Seed Dreaming represents the yam roots spreading in a colourful complex of muted pastel squares. A few months after rainfall, the plant surface will die off, and it takes certain skills by the senior women to find the yam roots. Vast areas are foraged in their search to find the roots, which are the edible part of the plant. In the Yam Seed Dreaming Dolly pays homage to the spirit of the yam plant so that it regenerates year after year.
Dolly Petyarre Mills two Dreamings are Yam Seed (Anaty) and Emu (Ankerr) Tucker.
She was born in 1948 at Boundary Bore Outstation on Utopia in the Northern Territory. She is Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s niece.
She participated in the Utopia, A Picture Story which included 88 silk batiks from Robert Holmes a Court collection.
- 1984 – The First National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
- 1985 – The Second National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
- 1989 – Utopia Women’s Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
- 1990 – ‘Utopia – A Picture Story,’ an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland
- 1992 – Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
- 2003 – Sofitel Melbourne, World Vision Australia – Walkabout Art
- 2005 – Bett Hobart Gallery
- 2006 – Senior Women of Utopia, GalleryG, Brisbane
- 2007 – Patterns of Power, Art from the Eastern Desert, Simmer on the Bay, Sydney
- 2007 – Eastern Desert Dreaming, Artists from Utopia, GalleryG, Brisbane
- 2007 – Desert Song, Brush with Art Festival, Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, SA
- 2008 – Power of Place, Tandanya: National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc.
- 2008 – From the Desert to the Sea, Yurlunggar Art, Brisbane
- 2010: The Utopia Story, Australasian Arts Projects, Singapore
- 2010: Western and Eastern Desert Art, Blaxlands Inn, Hunter Valley, NSW
- 2010: Aboriginal Artists UK Spring Show 11-13 June, London