Judy Yuka Trigger

Artist Judy Yuka Trigger
Title Kungkarangkalpa
Year 2022

Acrylic on plaster, wire and recycled materials

Dimensions 90 × 32 × 14 cm
Art Centre Walkatjara Art →

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Judy Yuka Trigger

Judy Yuka Trigger trained as a teacher and is a greatly respected senior woman in Mutitjulu community which led to her recognition as a subject of 100 Portraits, 100 Years during the Northern Territory’s centenary celebrations in 2011. She performed at the Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in 2000. Judy lives at the Aged Care in Mutitjulu and paints for both Walkatjara and Maruku galleries in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

Artist statement

The Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters) Story is of great significance to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people. The sisters travelled a long time ago through the artist’s traditional country in South Australia’s north-west and the south-west corner of the Northern Territory. A man called Wati Nyiru was chasing the sisters trying to court one of them. He used all kinds of trickery in pursuit of them but through the skill of the eldest, they always managed to keep one step ahead of him. The sisters finally escaped to a faraway place so they could stay together safe from the clutches of Wati Nyiru. To this day the seven stars of the sisters followed by the bright star of Wati Nyiru can be seen in the night sky in the constellations known as the Pleiades and Orion.