Feature Artist: Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

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Feature Artist: Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi


Born in 1967 in Mt. Allan, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi is the eldest daughter of renowned artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, who taught her to paint. Gabriella attended Yirara College in Alice Springs.

Gabriella enjoys a high profile in many Australian and overseas commercial galleries. Her paintings depict stories from her country which include: Women’s Ceremonies; Bush Tucker (Black Seed and Exploding Seed from the Mt. Allan area); Goanna; Serpent;  Seven Sisters Dreaming (Milky Way Dreaming); Grandmother’s Gold Country Dreaming.

She lives with her husband and children near Melbourne, Victoria.


Story of Seven Sisters Dreaming

This is the ancient myth of the Milky Way and the Seven Sisters (Pleiades). This Dreaming was inherited by Gabriella from

her mother and grandmother, and given to Gabriella by her father. This story takes place at the “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). He was an evil person who wanted to seduce the sisters. Frightened, the sisters tried to hide from him in caves, but he began to disguise himself as many things, including a snake, to deceive them. With little hope of escaping him, the Seven Sisters fled through a fire at Kurlunyalimpa to the Milky Way, where they became the stars of the Pleiades in the Constellation Taurus.

There they remain safe to watch over all the women on earth.

Wati-Nyiru followed the sisters to the heavens, and became the star Orion.

The seven concentric circles represent the Seven Sisters, while the lone star depicts Orion (the Tjakamarra man).

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Bonnie Dastyari

Marketing, Gallery and Education Manager