Murdie Nampijinpa Morris was born in the 1930s at Rabbit Flat, a tiny settlement in the middle of the harsh Tanami Desert in the Northern Territory of Australia. Her parents would have taken her out bush in the Nyirripi area, showing her sites and teaching her the traditional ways of her country.
In the early 1980s Murdie settled in Yuendumu and worked for a program that cares for the elderly by helping them when they're sick and being with them when they're alone.
Murdie began her journey into painting when she attended a workshop in 2012. She enjoys painting her father’s Jukurrpa, Maliki Jukurrpa (Domestic Dog Dreaming) and Malikijarra Jukurrpa (Two Dog Dreaming) – Dreamings that have been passed down through generations and relate directly to the land, its features and the animals and plants that inhabit it. She uses an unrestricted palette to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional culture.
Murdie has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 2012. Warlukurlangu Artists is supported by funding from the Australian Government through the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program.
Murdie now lives full time in Nyirripi.
The Murdie Morris x Moe Moe collection features art from her pieces "Two Dogs Dreaming" Acrylic on Canvas.