|Title||Kungkarangkalpa - The Seven Sisters|
Acrylic on canvas
|Dimensions||90 × 90 cm|
|Art Centre||Maruku Arts →|
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Selina Kulitja is minyma Anangu, an Aboriginal woman from the Central Desert. Her mother, senior artist, Nyinku Kulitja, taught her about art making and Selina began carving in her own right in the early 1990s. She began painting with Maruku in 2007 and was elected Chairperson in 2018. Selina is a strong ambassador for Maruku, bringing her people’s art and culture to the wider world through workshops and exhibitions. She is also a Health Worker in her local community clinic and a land management advisor with the Katiti-Petermann Indigenous Protected Area. She is an active spokesperson as both a local and regional council representative.
Kungkarangkalpa is the Tjukurpa of the Seven Sisters, concerning a group of women being pursued by a cunning man called Nyiru who attempts to lure them into marriage with him. He disguises himself in countless ways to trick the sisters, and is sometimes also invisible in paintings. In their escape the sisters travelled through a vast amount of Australia. They stopped to camp, build shelters and hunt for food, thus forming many features of the landscape and embedding the knowledge of survival in it. Eventually they fled into the sky where they became the constellation known as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters. Nyiru still follows them ceaselessly across the night sky as one of the bright stars in the constellation of Orion.