Seven Sisters Dreaming, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
167 x 99 cm
This painting depicts ‘The Seven Sisters’ Dreaming, a story based upon a cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. Taught to Gabriella by her grandmother, and inherited from her father, Clifford Possum, this story takes place at “twenty mile” located near Napperby Creek in the Northern Territory.
The Seven Sisters travelled over a vast expanse of country, until they realised that they were being followed by a man called Wati-Nyiru (who was a Tjakamarra man). The women were frightened of Wati-Nyiru as he was an evil man who wanted to seduce the sisters and have ownership of them. They tried to hide from the man in caves, however he began disguising himself as many different things to deceive them. With little hope of escape, the seven sisters fled through a fire at Kurlunyalimpa to the Milky Way where they became the stars of the Plaeiadies in the Constellation Taurus. There they are safe, and at rest and watch out over all the women on earth. Wati-Nyiru followed them to the heavens, becoming the star Orion, unable to reach them as they move across the night sky. Here Gabriella paints the cloud formations in front of the Milky Way in the night sky. The seven concentric circles represent the seven sisters while the lone star depicts Orion (the Tjakamarra man).
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