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Judy Greenie Ngwarai


1962 –

Language group: Anmatyerre, Central Desert region

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Utopia Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Media category
    Materials used
    batik on silk
    110.0 x 201.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2013
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Judy Greenie Ngwarai
    Artist information
    Judy Greenie Ngwarai

    Works in the collection


  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made