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Judy Watson

Do you know the history of the land you walk, of who called this home before you?

One of the most celebrated artists of her generation, Waanyi woman Judy Watson has spent her long and illustrious career unearthing all she can about her ancestral Country and culture and encouraging others to do the same. In this episode, sat barefoot atop a canvas in her large leaky Yeronga studio, Judy shares tales about a trip to Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) with her family in 1990. It was a trip that changed her, setting her on a path to discover as much as she could about her Aboriginal past and lay bare the shared histories that have led to where we are now.

You can listen to the podcast episode below and download the transcript here.

Where I Belong is proudly presented by Museum of Brisbane.
This episode of Where I Belong was written and produced on Turrabul and Yaggera land by Wendy Love and Louise Martin-Chew.
Museum of Brisbane acknowledges the Traditional Owners of this land and pays its respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
Thanks to Dylan Ransom-Hughes for doing the final mix on this episode. Special thanks to Greg Hooper who recorded the witness tree. Theme music by Blue Dot Sessions.

About Judy Watson

JUDY WATSON uses printmaking, drawing, painting and installation to explore themes relating to her Aboriginal heritage. Watson’s matrilineal family is from Waanyi country in Northwest-Queensland and her work is inspired by traditional Waanyi culture. The award-winning artist has exhibited widely over the past 25 years, with her work held in major Australian and International collections including: National Gallery of Australia; all Australian State Art Galleries; The Tate Modern, London; Taipei Fine Arts Museum; St Louis Art Museum USA; The British Museum, London and many more. Born in Munduberra in 1959, the artist lives and works in Brisbane today and is represented by Milani Gallery.

Judy’s work is currently featured in our exhibition Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane. Find out more here.

Artist Judy Watson stand against a stark background, her face is obscured by strands of hair that have blown in front of her face
Russell Shakespeare, The Artist Judy Watson 2021, photograph. Courtesy the artist.

About Wendy Love

WENDY LOVE (host + producer) is a journalist, audio producer, and storyteller who has worked in Australia and the United States. Born in California, Wendy was a reporter and producer for NPR affiliate Houston Public Radio (USA). Her work also aired on American Public Media’s Marketplace. She first came to Australia in 2003 and, in recent years, produced The Art Show for ABC’s Radio National and a blog relating stories of non-profit and social enterprises. Wendy lives in inner Brisbane, the longest place she’s ever called home.

Photo: Wendy Love.

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