|Judy Watson Napangardi
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Watson was born in 1925 at Yarungkanji, Mt. Doreen Station, at the time when many
Warlpiri and other Central and Western Desert Peoples were living a traditional
nomadic life. With her family Judy made many trips on foot back to and lived for
long periods at Mina Mina and Yingipurlangu, her ancestral country on the border
of the Tanami and Gibson Deserts. These places are rich in bush tucker such as
wanakiji, bush plums, yakajirri, bush tomatoes, and wardapi, sand goanna. Judy
still frequently goes hunting in the country west of Yuendumu, near her homelands.
Judy was taught painting by her elder sister, Maggie Napangardi Watson.
She painted alongside her at Warlukurlangu artists for a number of years, developing
her own unique style. Though a very tiny woman Judy has had ten children, two
of whom she has outlived. She is a woman of incredible energy, this is transmitted
to her work through her dynamic use of colour, and energetic "dragged dotting"
style. She is at the forefront of a move towards more abstract rendering of Jukurrpa
by Warlpiri arists, however her work retains strong kurruwarri, the details which
tell of the sacredness of place and song in her culture. Judy's Jukurrpa are Ngarlyipi
(Snake Vine), Karnta (Woman), Mina Mina, and Kanakurlangu.
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