2005/0150 The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters

Artist

Angilya MITCHELL
Indigenous
Birth:
1953
 in
Kunmarnarra Bore, Blackstone (Papulankutja), Western Desert, Kimberley region, Western Australia

Artwork

Title
The Seven Sisters
Date
2005
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions
152.0 x 152.0cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 2005
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2005/0150
Currently not on display

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This is a popular dreamtime story of seven ladies being chased through the desert by one man. There are numerous scenarios as these ladies travel around. Eventually they rise up into the sky and form the Pleiades, a group of seven stars seen in the southern skies. There are many variations of this story. Angilya is a law woman and she shows the older of the sisters teaching the younger ones about their development as women and how they can survive in the bush.

Curatorial insightAngilya Mitchell is a strong Law woman for her community and holds a wealth of traditional knowledge about her country, Emu Country, near Kunmarnarra Bore. In this painting, Mitchell depicts a story of seven sisters being chased through the desert by one man; their adventures and their eventual escape into the night sky to become the Pleiades. The black snake dominates the canvas and brings the viewer into the very centre of the unfolding story. The seven sisters, diminutive and helpless, try to escape in radiating arcs across the canvas. (AGWA 2005)

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