Judith Yinyika Chambers
Tjanpi Desert Weavers
Tjanpi (wild harvested grass), wool, raffia
L 47cm x W 7cm x H 20cm
Judith was born in the bush at a place called Mitika near Jameson Community in 1958. Judith’s mother was well-known Tjanpi artist and painter Carol Maatja Golding and her father was Billy Golding. Judith went to school at the Warburton Mission and later at Docker River. Once she finished school she began working with Ngaanyatjarra Health. She later married and had three sons. Judith now lives in the remote community of Warakurna, Western Australia, approximately 800 kilometres south-west of Alice Springs, and 1700 kilometres north-east of Perth and has a population of approximately 200 Ngaanyatjarra people. As such, Judith is fluent in both Ngaanyatjarra and English.
Judith is an accomplished weaver, making both baskets and fibre sculptures from desert grasses that grow close to her home in Warakurna. Judith is renowned for her flat sculptural works which tell stories of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, both historical and contemporary. Judith also uses the animals from her country as inspiration, including camp dogs, birds, goannas, porcupines and rabbits. Ancestral figures also inspire her work. Judith also paints with Warakurna Artists.