97 x 150cm
Clarise fondly remembers visiting Malilu’s cave with her mother, Teresa Baker at age fifteen. Clarise has learnt from her mother about country and the sacred stories associated with it. Today ceremonies and songs are carried out by women where Malilu’s cave is just outside of the community of Kanpi. Here, the women sing love songs to their husbands and seek out the healing powers of Malilu’s spirit.
Clarise Tunkin paints Malilu in the centre of her cave, while her daughters are on the outside. Malilu was keeping watch over her daughters as one had married the ‘wrong man’. In Aboriginal law there is a very complex and sophisticated kinship system that predetermines who you can marry. An aspect of this artwork I really like is the overlay of dots in a slightly lighter colour than the base. Clarise uses this technique to depict the various bush tucker Malilu ate while living in the cave.