Mandy Batjula is a Gupapuyŋu woman, daughter of esteemed community leader Helen Milminydjarrk. She lives and works alongside her mother and mother’s sisters, including senior artists Ruth Nalmakarra, Margaret Rarru and Helen Ganalmirriwuy.
Recently, Batjula was granted permission by Rarru to create works using Rarru’s iconic singular black dying process, which she has paired with her own distinctive coil technique. Despite being one of the younger artists at Milingimbi Art and Culture, the precision and detail of her work is of a standard usually attributed to the most senior of weavers. As well as being an accomplished weaver, she paints her clan designs associated with the Djaŋ’kawu Sisters on bark, larrakitj (memorial poles) and archival paper.
Batjula’s work has been shown in group exhibitions nationally and is held in collections such as those of the Berndt Museum at the University of Western Australia and the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.