Ray Mudjandi - Black Speed
Ray Mudjandi paints superheroes on bark. This is not the type of imagery we are used to seeing on this material, but it is what the elders in Ray Mudjandi’s community were working on when he was learning to paint. Mudjandi has taken these learnings and applied them to his own stories, connected to the past but also moving forward.
Black Speed is a superhero that Mudjandi created during a trip to meet his father’s side of the family for the first time. During the trip he began drawing and developing ideas for a new superhero and shared his ideas and stories with his Nanna.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? How would you use your power for good? Create a symbol or icon to identify your superpower, like Mudjandi did with his lightning bolt.
Do you want to be an artist, but think that maybe you are too young? Well, Mudjandi had his first exhibition at the age of 16 years, the works would later be acquired by Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. More recently, his work was highly commended in the Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D award at the 2022 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.
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