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Judy Greenie Ngwarai

(1962 – )

Language group
Anmatyerre, Utopia, Central Desert region, Australia, NO REGION SPECIFIED
Title
Untitled
Place of origin
UtopiaNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Cultural origin
Anmatyerr
Year
2007
Media category
Textile
Materials used
batik on silk
Dimensions

110.0 x 201.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2013
Accession number
287.2013
Copyright
© Judy Greenie Ngwarai
Location
Not on display
Further information

Judy Greenie Ngwarray was born in 1962 and was a teenager when she began working with batik on silk, alongside her mother and other family members as part of the Utopia women's batik group that was formed in 1978. This group of artists had been introduced to this medium during a series of adult education workshops and immediately responded to the freedom of expression they could achieve though this work. Batik can be a difficult process and being able to produce quality works such as this in remote communities can be a trying process with the silks being boiled over camp fires to remove the wax and trees or rough clothes lines being constructed to dry the works.

Julia Murray, former coordinator of the Utopia Women's Batik Group recounts that it was not art in isolation, but rather a shared experience that began as an educational activity, without the pressure to produce any particular design or quantity. This relaxed environment, in combination with the aesthetics of Anmatyerr body painting, led to the freedom of line that characterises Utopia batik practice.

'Untitled' 2007 by Judy Greenie Ngwarray epitomizes this freedom of expression. This exceptional work highlights the spontaneity of batik practice within the community, with vibrant pink and red dyes applied in a gestural and unhindered manner, creating an undulating surface reminiscent of the shifting sandhills that dominate the Utopia region.