Judy Holding’s love of the Australian landscape is the inspiration behind her beautiful works on paper and sculptures. Since 1979, the artist has habitually travelled to the Northern Territory, especially to the monsoonal escarpment country of the Kakadu region, to observe and document indigenous ritual practices, spiritual beliefs and social structures. The rich imagery that adorns Holding’s art works is drawn from her lived experience of the Australian landscape.
Holding’s artworks exude energy. The artist strives to capture the energy of place, the distance and relation between places and revealing the hidden forces that preside also within the ancient Australian landscape. She has developed a repertoire of colours and symbols that she reproduces and reconfigures in three dimensional objects, drawings, paintings with watercolour, cut outs, layering and collage.
Judy Holding has exhibited extensively in Australia and abroad, and has been collected by many major institutions including: the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne; the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; the Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria; the Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria; the Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria; and the collections of Deakin, LaTrobe and Victoria University, Victoria; and the Parliament House Collection, Canberra.
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