Wandjina by Edna Dale

Details of Wandjina

Wandjina by Edna Dale
Catalog Number : 837598
Size : 57cm x 42cm
Medium : Screenprint
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About Wandjina
Edna Dale has her own distinct style of painting Wandjina, she explains that she "follows her father" (Jack Dale Mengenen (Dec)) whom she spent a lot of time sitting and talking to when he use to paint his country and stories.
The enlongated figures in this work are typical of Edna's style. These Wandjina's belong to Ngarinyin country around Imintji/Bell Gorge (Edna's ancestral homelands).
Wandjina spirits means looking after country and living by the moral code or law put in place by Wandjinas. Edna explains that when you do this, "when you live right way, the country will look after you, you will have the food you need and your children will be strong."
The belief in Wandjina's as having a significant role in creation is shared amongst Ngarinyin, Worrorra and Wunumbal people. These three language groups also share law ceremonies and their kinship system.