Kungkarrangkalpa (Seven Sisters)
Acrylic on cotton canvas
Born in Pipalytiara, Joy is one of seven siblings. During her childhood, her family travelled on foot ‘up and down this Country’ throughout the Ngaanyatjara and Anangu Pitjantjatjarra, Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands visiting relatives, sourcing their food from the bush and maintaining cultural obligations. Her mother Edith Lyons is a highly regarded painter, and taught Joy and her siblings Ngaanyatjarra heritage, law and culture.
Joy still lives in Blackstone today with her daughter Milliane. She loves going out bush with the ranger and travelling her Country. Joy and her sisters are often found painting together at the art centre.