Amy Scotty Kungkarangkalpa / Seven Sisters, 2024 Ernabella Arts

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 75 x 76 cm ID: #171-24
Price: $1030

    About this artwork

    Kungkarangkalpa means the Seven Sisters. This is an extensive creation story that relates to the Pleiades constellation in the southern hemisphere. The story traverses Australia taking on different forms, however local women are privy to the part of the story which takes place in the country near Ernabella. For this part of the story, the man called Nyiru is chasing the sisters as he wants to sleep with the oldest sister. All the younger sisters are deeply afraid of him. As Nyiru is chasing the sisters, he tries to catch them by using magic to turn himself into the most tempting bush tomatoes for the sisters to eat and the most beautiful ili (fig) tree for the sisters to camp under. However, the sisters are aware of his magic and go hungry and run through the night rather than be caught by Nyiru. Eventually, to escape Nyiru, the sisters fly into the sky where they turn into stars and form the constellation.

    About Amy Scotty

    Amy Scotty is a dedicated emerging artist working at Tjala Arts. She grew up and went to school in Amata Community. Amy splits her time between her artistic practice and her duties as a highly skilled arts worker. In her paintings, Amy depicts the Country around her home, Amata, rendering the water holes, rock formations, and signi´Čücant landmarks of the landscape in detailed marks and characteristic colour. Amy follows in the footsteps of her grandfather Mr Ginger Wikilyiri.