Lily Karadada

3 LK005/TP
Lily Karadada Wandjina TP/75
Etching on Incisioni 300gsm
300gsm 290 x 205mm image, 260 x 390mm paper

Wandjina can be seen in the passing of the dry season to "the wet" in the form of vast, billowing, white clouds. In the late afternoon the terrible rumbling of thunder and glow of lightning overhead are what topenders get most exited about. It means that the long, build up heat and humidity will break and once again the rain cycle will commence. In days when Aboriginal people were ruled by spirits of the land, the "build up" was the source of ceremonial tribute, representing not only rebirth and growth, but also the cruelty of the storm and flood. Wandjina are regarded both as a fertility spirit and Woongurr, powerful and wise leader. This Wandjina is 'Yalgi' and means with voice, she is differentiated from other Wanjina by dots on the body. The dots represent the blood and water mix of man and animal.

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