Petrina Bedford - Gulawala (Wandjina with Pearl Shell Necklace)

Title: Gulawala (Wandjina with Pearl Shell Necklace)

Limited Edition of 30

Artists Statement: This is a Gulawala Wandjina. She is from Ngarinyin country near Isadel River (that's fresh water country) however she wears pearl shell necklaces around her neck. Petrina's mother, Edna Dale, states that the pearl shell is not from Ngarinyin country, 'they must have traded with Worrorra people (salt water people from the neighbouring far west coastal region).' This is the Wurnan system, the law of gifts, trading and sharing resources that exists between clans.

Pop & Scott have worked together with Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre and Petrina Bedford, to curate this three-piece collection. This is an ongoing relationship and initiative, that we proudly support.  Visit their website here -

Petrina Bedford’s creations speak to the infinitely cyclical nature of her heritage, culture and family’s artistic talent.  Greatly inspired by her Grandfather, Jack Dale Mengenen (now deceased), she draws on the stories passed down to her of the Ngarinyin and Gija people. Employing colours of the earth, her works radiate the West Kimberley terrain. This series of three prints represent varying forms of Wandjina spirits. Found only in the Kimberley region, the sacredness of these creation spirits runs deep through the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal people. Bringers of all creation, the ancestors first kept record of the Wandjina law through cave paintings.  Bedford has carried this ancient law into her work, finding new and subjective methods of passing on her cultural essence. 

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30cm W x 65cm H - Un Framed

42.4 W x 79cm H x 5cm D - Framed

Coloured woodblock print

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Unframed - Please allow 3 weeks + Shipping 


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