Artist & Chairperson
At the age of 12 Judy Lirririnyin sat with her father, renown artist Binyinyuwuy. She describes this as an important time in her life. “Yaka (no) playing around him. He was doing his painting to concentrate his mind. I was watching his hand moving down, going sideways – he was really tricky (clever). I was also watching my mother and grandmother doing weaving, making bathi and mat. So I learnt to sit quiet and to work carefully. Today I sit here with my painting, my gurruŋ (brother in-law) joins me, he sings the manikay (song) for my painting, sometimes we are telling each other story for that painting and we cry.” Lirririnyin beams with pride as she speaks of her father and her mission to honour him and to continue sharing his memory and strength with her grandchildren.
Lirririnyin began painting her clan designs in 2016 after being inspired by the retrospective exhibition Art from Milingimbi: taking memories back, Art Gallery New South Wales. In 1994 Lirririnyin began working as a health worker, today she continues to work as part of the Strong Womens Program at the Milingimbi clinic.
Judy is a strong leader with a passion for community governance. In 2018 Judy was voted in by fellow art centre members to be their Chairperson.