Artist: Cecily Wintiragu Yates
Cecily Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters Dreaming) – 2018
Painting – 1016mm x 1524mm: acrylic on canvas
Cecily’s painting depicts an important Ngaanyatjarra women’s story, Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters Dreaming). Seven sisters were travelling from Warnan to Warakurna. A wati (man) spied on them whilst they were digging deep water holes for drinking water. He wanted to make the youngest one his wife but the sisters ran away and hid from him. They then crossed the country passing through sand hills and dug for water as there was none in the creeks. Eventually they reached Docker River where they were safe from the man.Cecily Yates was born in Mount Davis near Irrunytju and now lives in Warakurna with her daughters and partner. Irrunytju is Cecily’s father’s country and she regularly travels there to visit her extended family.