CELIA SANDY

Celia Sandy was born in the Roebourne Hospital and went back as a baby with her mother to Mt Florence Station which was in their ancestral Yindjibarndi country. Her parents were Sandy Andrews and Lila King and she is the fifth of their eleven children. Her father worked at Mt Florence station mustering cattle and doing other station jobs. Her mother cooked and washed for the station boss and his family. Celia has many happy memories of her childhood, playing around in the hills with her many brothers and sisters and friends. “Sometimes we would run away to another station, Coolawanyah or Tambrey, to visit other children and families there.  We would look for wild oranges on the way. Our parents used to come and look for us in a red truck.”  When she was older, around ten or eleven, Ceila left Mt Florence along with other children and stayed in the hostel in Roebourne to go to school while their parents continued to work on the station. In the holidays they would go back, or sometimes stay with their grandparents at the reserve in Roebourne, across the river. When the station work ran out, her father got a job in Roebourne at the garage and the family lived on the reserve. She says, “It was good to have our parents close by again.” Celia started practising art early in 2011, joining her family at the Yinjaa-Barni Art Centre and working alongside her sisters, Allery and Aileen Sandy, her daughter Dawn and her nieces. Although initially reluctant to try, feeling she had no time and often felt unwell, she finally took up a brush and very quickly developed a style and palette of her own. Drawing on her early memories of looking at the shapes and colours of the Hamersley Ranges in her home country, Celia uses a heavily laden brush to delineate these landforms and the sun-shot rock faces that characterise her Pilbara country. Celia paints all day totally absorbed in her work. She says, “Painting makes me feel realy good – it makes me feel proud. And my health is much better. Now I come and paint every day.”

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