Note: Dating of work approximate.
Provenance: Collected by Did Gadsby who worked for the Department of Interior in the early to later 1970's. Private Collection, Qld
Story: The painting is almost certainly associated with Kerrinyarra, the important women’s Dreaming site on the southern boarder of Anmatjerre country to which the artist was ceremonially connected. Here a number of important Dreamings intersect. When the Kalipinpa storm front passes over, it connects rockhole sites far toward Pintupi territory and, in doing so, brings the lush growth that is so celebrated in women’s ceremonies.
The great storm centers on the site depicted in the middle of this painting, which lies about 20 kms west north west of Central Mount Wedge. The Kalipinpa storm is the ‘ancestor of all storms’ for all Western Desert Peoples whose lands lie in its extensive path.
This early work by the artist was painted during the period Clifford Possum and his ‘brother’ Tim Leura created their most monumental and important paintings such as Warlurkulong 1976 and Kerrinyarra 1977. The path of the storm is depicted with the water flowing from the interconnected rockholes. The short parallel bands mimic the body painting designs that are used to represent clouds on the bodies of participants in rainmaking ceremonies.