Cecily Napanangka Marshall
Cecily Napanangka Marshall grew up in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 km north-west of Alice Springs. Her mother passed away when she was young, and her father moved to Mt Allan, so Cecily was raised up by her grandmother who has since passed away. Cecily began her schooling in Alice Springs but attended the local school in Nyirripi when she moved in with her grandmother.
Cecily began painting in Yuendumu, in 2008, however, it wasn’t until 2013 that Cecily began to paint full-time. She paints her grandparents Jukurrpa, stories that have been passed down the generations for millennia and relate directly to the land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. Cecily particularly likes painting Karnta Jukurrpa (Women’s Dreaming) from her grandmother’s side and Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Bush Seed Dreaming) from her grandfather’s side.
Cecily likes to paint with her grandmother’s sister, Phyllis Napurrurla Williams, and her sister Valerie Napurrurla Morris. “I like the stories. I watch as they paint and tell me about the possum dreaming.”
When Cecily is not painting, she enjoys playing sport, particularly basketball. These days she likes to go hunting for Yurrampi (Honey ants) and Ngarlkirdi (witchetty grubs)