Mandy Batjula is a Gupapuyngu woman and daughter of esteemed community leader, Helen Milminydjarrk. Batjula lives and works alongside her mother and mothers sisters including senior artists Ruth Nalmarrkarra, Margaret Rarru and Helen Ganalmirrawuy.
The daily routine at the camp of Batjula and her mothers is set by the rhythm of harvesting, preparing, dying and weaving bush fibres. Batjula is a young artist however the precision and detail of her work is of a standard usually attributed to the most senior of weavers. As well as being an accomplished weaver Batjula paints her clan designs associated with the Djankawu Sisters on bark, larrakitj (burial poles) and archival paper.
Depending on the season and ceremonial obligations Batjula lives and works between her grandmothers homeland of Langarra (Howard Island) and Yurrwi (Milingimbi).
Milingimbi Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation
The Milingimbi Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation is a community owned Art Centre that maintains an important position in the national art and cultural arena. Milingimbi Art and Culture has a long history of producing works steeped in active cultural practice such as barks, ceremonial poles, carvings and weavings. Works from Milingimbi are integral to important collections in many National and International institutions.
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