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Edna Dale / Wandjina Baby Dreaming (3A)

76cm x 39cm (Plus 5cm border around artwork), Acrylic on Canvas



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Edna Dale is a Ngarinyin woman and chairperson of Imintji Community, a small community located 220km from Derby, WA on the Gibb River Road. She lives here with her husband Lance Bedford (son of acclaimed East Kimberley artist Paddy Bedford) and their seven daughters and baby son.

Edna is the daughter of famous Kimberley artist Jack Dale Mengenen (1920-2013). Growing up she spent much of her time by her father’s side travelling through their country, watching him paint and tell stories. Edna’s father taught her the Law, painting and showed her the many cave sites that are sacred to Ngarinyin people.

Edna has her own distinct style, her elongated Wandjina figures and minimalist aesthetic are a clear departure from the imagery of her father.
A lovely quietly spoken lady, Edna still lives on her traditional land and is the driving force behind encouraging other Ngarinyin people to use art to tell their stories and keep their culture strong. Her eldest daughter Petrina, also an artist, is carrying on this important tradition to a third generation.

Selected Exhibitions
2015 – September Shinju Art Prize
2015 – July Kimberly Art Prize
2014 – May Feature artist, Ashurst Legal Reconciliation Policy, Ashurst Legal
2013 – March Revealed, emerging Western Australian Aboriginal Artists, Gallery Central, Central Institute, Perth


‘Young babies wait in the sea at the mouth of the river, waiting for high tide which will take them upstream to a place called Wuni-Ari – the Wungud sacred waterhole. The babies will swim around looking for a mother and father. If they are found they are so happy, if not they will wait once again for the tide to take them back to the sea. The process is repeated until they are adopted. Wungud is a place a woman will go to dream about babies’…..Jack Dale

Edna’s father Jack said his two children, Edna and Joanna originate from these special places.

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