Claudia Moodoonuthi spent the first seven years of her life on Bentinck and Mornington Islands in the Gulf of Carpentaria being raised by her late great-grandmother May Moodoonuthi. During these formative years Claudia spent her time fishing, hunting and gathering in the bush with her family, developing a deep connection to the country and traditional ways of the Lardil and Kayardild people.
Claudia Moodoonuthi’s canvas paintings reflect her connection to country. Her bold and colourful images are also greatly influenced by her language, tribe, history, and family, including her late great-grandmother May Moodoonuthi and the late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda (Mrs Gabori). May Moodoonuthi and Mrs Gabori were among the seven Kaiadilt ‘sisters’ from Bentinck Island who burst onto the art scene at Mornington Island Art with their enchanting work incorporating the blazing colours of the tropics in 2005.
In 2016 – 2017 Claudia Moodoonuthi’s work was featured in 'Who’s Afraid of Colour' at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, which brought together a broad range of Indigenous women artists whose practices are unbounded by convention. 2017 was an extraordinary milestone in the Claudia Moodoonuthi’s flourishing career. Moodoonuthi’s work was featured in Who’s Afraid of Colour? at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Her painting My Body, My Country was projected onto the William Jolly Bridge as part of Maiwar, a city-wide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary art exhibition in Brisbane. She also completed two major commissions for public art collections; a large-scale painting on paper for an Artbank + QPAC commission, Queensland. Also in 2017 a major installation by Claudia Moodoonuthi was created for the Mecca Cosmetica + National Gallery of Victoria Holiday collaboration and launched at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. This work wasacquired by the NGV and exhibited in a solo exhibition at NGV Australia in 2017/18.
In 2018 Claudia Moodoonuthi was invited by BEGA Australia to create the artwork for special limited-edition Vegemite jar for the 95th birthday of Vegemite last year.
In 2019 Claudia was a finalist in the Guirguis New Art Prize 2019 at the Art Gallery of Ballarat in Victoria. Also in 2019 Claudia’s skateboards were exhibited at Parliament House in Canberra as part of their Indigenous Design 2019 exhibition.
In 2020 Claudia Moodoonuthi was commissioned by Parliament House in Canberra to produce a new artwork that was projected on the façade of Parliament House, as part of the Enlighten Festival 2020.
Claudia Moodoonuthi completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at Griffith University, Queensland, 2016. She currently lives and works in Brisbane.
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Image: Claudia Moodoonuthi, installation of 360 flip on Country, 2014, painted skateboards, collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.