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.
I this artwork, Clarise Tunkin shows Malilu seated with her daughters. Malilu is shown with her digging stick and coolamon. The concentric circles in the centre indicate Malilu’s cave where she sought refuge while overseeing her daughter who had married the ‘wrong man’. The areas where Clarise has left the black canvas showing through are the holes where Malilu dug for goannas and other bush tucker.