Clinton Gaykamangu, Wagilak Sisters Story, 2019, acrylic on canvas (UNSTRETCHED)
Original artwork, acrylic on canvas 980 x 980mm unstretched.
This painting tells the story of the Wagalak Sisters, the keepers of wisdom and the law which they carry around in their dilly bags. One day the sisters were distracted by the voices of men and left their dilly bags unattended. Another man came along and took their wisdom from the Dilly bags. The sisters have a baby who attracts the attention of a dingo (Whatu). One day the sisters see a rainbow, the rainbow turns into a rainbow serpent (secretly Whatu) who eats all the sisters. This is a story about responsibility and the importance of wisdom.
Region:Milingimbi,central Arnhem Land, NT
Originally from Milingimbi community, Clinton is now based in Darwin with his wife Sylvia Nulpinditj.
Clinton is a painter, specialising in rarrk (cross-hatching). Clinton paints Dhuwa ancestral stories such as Wagilak Sisters Story, Djalumpu (Hollow Log Dreaming) and Honey Story.
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