Artist Sadie Paddoon
Title Nakarra Nakarra
Year 2022

Acrylic on linen

Dimensions 121.9 × 61 cm
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Sadie Paddoon

Sadie Paddoon was born at Sturt Creek where her father worked in the stock camp and her mother helped in the kitchen. When Sadie was old enough she went to the old Balgo mission to attend school. At times she would return to Sturt Creek where they would go out digging for bush potato. With the relocation of Balgo, Sadie began caring for the old people and later commenced painting. She is also knowledgeable with regard to women’s culture, which includes taking the young girls through ceremony, teaching them traditional dances and bush medicines.

Artist statement

Sadie Paddoon paints in the style of her late mother, Kathleen Paddoon. The country depicted is named Nakarra Nakarra. This is the site of the Seven Sisters Dreaming, a story about seven sisters who travelled this Country during the Tjukurrpa (Creation) running from an old man who wanted to marry the youngest. Today at Nakarra Nakarra a group of hills embody the seven sisters. This painting represents the hills the tali (sandhills) found in this Country.