“Wanalirri" the Rainmaker

"Wanalirri (the Wandjina) are ancestral spirits who created country, people and animals in the north west Kimberley before turning themselves into rock paintings. They are sometimes called 'lightning man' or 'rainmaker' and every year they replenish waterholes, creeks and rivers during the wet season.

The use of a red pigment, representing blood for the Tili (the heart) is to show that the Wandjina are partly alive.

Courtesy of Kira Kiro Art Centre

 

Year
..2012
Medium
..Ochre on etched bark
Measurement
..400mm x 710mm
Copyright Line
..Copyright Kira Kiro Art Centre