seven sisters dreaming
Seven Sisters Dreaming - Kungkarangkalpa and Napaljarri-warnu Jukurrpa
- Tricks and Transformation -
Athena Nangala Granites, Priscilla Napurrurla Herbert and Shanna Napanangka Williams
The Seven Sisters stories concern a group of seven ancestral women being pursued by a cunning shape-shifter who disguises himself in countless ways to trick the sisters. The Seven Sisters also have some tricks of their own, they can fly. These journeys are associated with sacred ceremony, creation of features in the landscape, and ultimately, transformation.
Priscilla Napurrurla Herbert paints the Kungkarangkalpa Tjukurrpa which is from the area around Mititjulu. Athena Nangala Granites paints the Warlpiri stories of the Napaljarri-warnu Jukurrpa. Both women belong to Warlukurlangu Artists in Yuendumu in the Northern Territory.
Through significant works by Athena Nangala Granites and Priscilla Napurrurla Herbert this exhibition explores the power of contemporary Aboriginal art, through the journeys of the Seven Sisters, to challenge our perceptions of time and space, and equally to question our integration with place. This Jukurrpa tells the story of the seven ancestral Napaljarri sisters who are found in the night sky as a cluster of seven stars known as the Pleiades in European astrology. Their story across the landscape tells of their pursuit by the Jakamarra man who eventually chases them into the sky; they leave the landscape below changed forever by their interactions.
Athena, born in 1994, is the daughter of Geraldine Napangardi Granites and the grand-daughter of Alma Nungarrayi Granites, well-known artists who paint with Warlukurlangu Artists. She is also the great grand-daughter of Paddy Japaljarri Sims (Deceased) one of the founding artists of Warlukurlangu Artists. Athena has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Corporation, since 2010.
Priscilla was born in Alice Springs in 1977 and has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists since 2010. Her country is Tanami Downs, until recently Mongrel Downs Station, located about 700 km north-west of Alice Springs.
Shanna, born in 1988, has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, since 2002, when she was 14 years of age. Four generations of Shanna's family actively participate in the activities of the art centre.
ANIMAL PEOPLE- Sentience, Reciprocity, Kinship -
A deep knowledge of non-human kin is expressed through these beautiful observations based in daily lived relationship. Others depict Jukurrpa (Dreaming) stories where ancestors take animal form. These works are ultimately a statement about relationship, based in moral responsibility, appreciation, kinship, respect, care and the tenets of reciprocity.
1st September - 4th January
Karen Napaljarri Barnes, Murdie Nampijinpa Morris, Wilma Napangardi Poulson and Cherylyn Napangardi Granites from Warlukurlangu Artists, Tanami Desert
Danny Riley and Dinah Norman from Waralungku Arts, Gulf of Carpentaria
Aunty Kim Wandin
The Living Tiwi collection