30 x 30 cm
Kathleen has painted some country south of Balgo in the Great Sandy Desert. The country
depicted here is named Nakarra Nakarra. This is the site of the Seven Sisters Dreaming, a
story about seven sisters who travelled this country during the Tjukurrpa (Dreamtime)
running from an old man who wanted to marry the youngest. Today at Nakarra Nakarra a
group of hills embody the seven sisters. The red sections of this painting represent the
hills while the white blocks of colour are the tali (sandhills).
Kathleen was born c. 1937; her language group is Ngarti and her subsection (skin) is
Napanangka. When Kathleen was still a young girl, her family moved to Sturt Creek
Station where she worked in the laundry. It was there that she met her husband, Paddy
Paddoon, who was one of the men in the stock camp. They later settled at the old Balgo
Mission with their four children. Today, Kathleen Paddoon lives at the community Billiluna.
The principal themes for her art include: Nantalarra, her family's country south of Yagga
Yagga; rock holes, water; karnti (bush potato); tjirrilpatja (bush carrot); purra (bush
tomato); small spirit people; cockatoo. (Warlayirti Artists)