98 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.
In this painting, Clarise Tunkin has depicted Malilu and her two daughters (the white ‘u’ shapes). The large red central roundel is the the access to the cave that Malilu dug with her digging stick so she could keep watch over her daughter. We can see in this painting there is an abundance of water flowing through the cave; this is represented by the white dotted lines.