Born: Alice Springs, NT
LANGUAGE GROUP: Warlpiri
COMMUNITY: Nyirripi, NT
Cecily Napanangka Marshall is a Warlpiri woman who has strong connections to the Yuendumu and Nyirripi communities, located in the central desert region of the Northern Territory. Cecily began her schooling in Alice Spring but then attended the local school in Nyirripi when she moved in with her grandmother.
It was her grandmother who raised her, so it is no surprise that Cecily particularly likes painting Karnta Jukurrpa (Womenss Dreaming) from her Grandmother's side and Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Bush Seed Dreaming) from her Grandfather's side. She began painting full time in 2013 with Warlukurlangu Art Centre
Although Cecily's grandmother has since passed away, she still likes to paint with her Grandmother's sister, Phyllis Napurrurla Williams and her sister Valerie Napurrurla Morris. Cecily explains 'I like the stories - I watch as they paint and tell me about the possum dreaming.'
When Cecily is not painting, she likes to go hunting for honey ants and witchetty grubs.
Copyright Kate Owen Gallery, December 2022