Judith Nangala Crispin Biographical Statement

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 (Sydney: Puncher & Wattmann, 2015), and (New York: Daylight Books, 2017) and is currently completing an illustrated verse novel for publication in 2022. Her visual arts practice is centred around 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 matriarchal ancestors. Recurrent themes of displacement are combined with an attempt to find a shared language with Country: https://judithcrispin.com/

At season’s end, fireflies fill the ribbon barks, down by Shoalhaven river. Sunny, lost to traffic, waits all night for dawn, for waking fireflies, and weaves a new body from their glow. Unique lumachrome Glass Print, Cliche-verre, Chemigram, drawing. Road-killed juvenile hare, twigs, marbles, wax, ochre and seeds on fibre paper, exposed 46 hours in a geodesic dome. Mounted on laser-cut aluminium composite substrate and detailed with gold and silver leaf. [2022].
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Martin dreams a barn owl into being, over Mt Jillamatong, on a night of flying saucers and stars. Unique lumachrome glass print, chemigram, cliche-verre and drawing. Road-killed Eastern Barn Owl, sand, graphite, wax and ink on fibre paper. Exposed 32 hours in a geodesic dome. Mounted on laser-cut aluminium composite substrate and detailed with gold and silver leaf. [2021]