This painting Kungkarangkalpa or better known as Seven Sisters has been painted by seven Spinifex women; Ngalpingka Simms, Kanta Donnegan, Lorraine Davies, Tracey Simms, Dora Parker, Sophia Brown and Katie Brown.
his is a womens Tjukurpa which traverses vast tracts of Spinifex country and beyond. In fact this is such a significant story that the womens tracks and creation sites are found all over Australia. The women here have painted country from Patjar in the north of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Western Australia following a songline travelling south into southern Spinifex Country.
The women ere camped at a site called Tika-tika and Kalumara just south of Patjarr. Many of the rock holes in the surrounding country were made by these ancestral beings and they were digging for food and water.The women are depicted here sitting down by the semi circular motifs and their foot prints lead to the rock holes.
Then they headed south of Warburton to the sites near Snake Well called Tjawl-tjawl and Piyul. All the while the women were trying to evade the pursuit of the lustful old man Wati Nyiiru. The man is sitting by his fire inside his windbreak with his spear and spear thrower. He has been sneaky and built several yuu’s (shelters from trees) to give him cover as he spies on the women. He desperately wants the elder sister to be his wife, but she doesn’t want the old man.
The women keep moving heading to Uturi, to get away from him but he still follows them. They pass by Pur-purnya country which holds the dangerous men ’s story. The two serpent beings a father and son have been out on initiation business. These men are from Pukara.
The women continue south into the heartland of Spinifex country making numerous rockholes and performing sacred rituals along the way. At Kuru Ala the man catches one of the women and cause her injury but she escapes to the cave and the care of her sisters who spend time healing her.
Then the pass through Tjuntjunya, Kapi Piti Kutjara, Tjalkinya, Kanka, Wangulpinya and Pirapi.
Although each women knows this major Tjukurpa, they are bound by cultural protocol and custodial responsibility as to which country they can depict. As the country and Tjukurpa unfolds during the creation of a major work like this, the women ‘sing the place’ into reality. Traditional inma (singing and dancing) is triggered as the depictions of places, that the women may not have physically seen for many years, begin to manifest onto the canvas.