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Artist Profile

Patsy Mudgedell

Born
10th November 1960

Location
Ruby Plains Station

Skin
Nakamarra

Language
Kukatja

Biography

Patsy is an emerging contemporary artist. Patsy was born at Ruby Plains Station in WA and grew up in Balgo Hills Mission. Patsy still lives with her extended family in Balgo. 

Patsy is the daughter of Mati Mudgedell (deceased) and is from a large painting family of which there are three siblings who are all successful artists in their own right. She began her education at the Luurnpa Mission School at Balgo and then went to boarding school in Perth to finish her education. 

Patsy's paintings are richly textured, depicting bush food found in her mother’s Kukutja/Ngarti country, near Mungai, south of Balgo. Her work ranges from acrylic on canvas, water colours, charcoal and mixed media on paper and has also illustrated a couple of books through Batchelor Press. Patsy loves to express her messages and her childhood memories though her art work. 

Patsy is widely acknowledged as the most talented interpreter in the region. Her visual arts interests has extended into other areas. She was the coordinator for Balgo, Remote Indigenous Broadcasting Services (RIBS), previously (BRACS), board member of the Indigenous Community Television (ICTV) and the former Secretary of the Kapululangu Aboriginal Women’s Association (Balgo). She is the foundation member for the Indigenous Remote Communications Association and is an energetic activist for her people. Patsy currently serves on the board of Warlayirti Artists.