Acrylic on Stretched Canvas Painting by Barbara Bear of Mowanjum Art Centre
Size: 600mm x 600mm Stretched Canvas - Wandjina & Ungud (Cloud and Rain Spirit and Totem)
Artist: Barbara Bear Arndie
“Wandjina & Ungud (Cloud and Rain Spirit and Totem)"
The Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre is a creative hub for the Worrorra, Ngarinyin, and Wunumbal tribes, who make up the Mowanjum community outside Derby, Western Australia.
These three language groups are united by their belief in the Wandjina as a sacred spiritual force and the creators of the land. They are the custodians of Wandjina law and iconography.
The centre hosts exhibitions, workshops, and community projects, as well as the annual Mowanjum Festival, one of Australia's longest-running indigenous cultural festivals.
The iconic and instantly recognisable Wandjina can be seen in anthropological and artistic collections all over the world. It continues to attract attention from researchers, collectors, and the general public. The Wandjina Spirits unite the three Mowanjum language groups, Worrorra, Ngarinyin, and Wunumbal.