Judith Nangala Crispin is an artist and poet living near Lake George on unceded Ngambri-Ngunnawal Country. She has published two collections of poetry, The Myrrh-Bearers (Puncher & Wattmann, 2015), and The Lumen Seed (Daylight Books, 2017) and is currently completing an illustrated verse novel for publication in 2022. Her visual arts practice is centred on lumachrome glass printing, a combination of lumen printing, chemigram, cliché verre, crystalogram, as well as drawing and painting. Judith’s materials, drawn from Country, include cadavers, ochres, sticks, and grass. Exposed in natural light, these images honour fallen native animals and birds. Judith, in these works, is consciously entering into a collaboration with Country. Much of her work, in poetry and visual art, draws on her two-decade search for her Bpangerang-Gunaikurnai matriarchal ancestors. Recurrent themes of displacement are combined with an attempt to find a shared language with Country.
Judith Nangala Crispin