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Banggu Bat

Updated: Mar 3

Banggu is the name for Bats in my Dhurga Yuin language. This woven Grey-Headed Flying Fox Bat uses pyrography & watercolour illustration within the comic-styled wing panels to tell the many stories of Banggu.

woven grey headed flying fox with watercolour pyrography comic style wing panels telling story of bats by autistic artist sara kian-judge

From stories of Bats as pollinators and seed dispersers linked by food and evolutionary relationships to the Trees in which they live, to their unique anatomy as the only group of mammals capable of sustained flight, this piece is a celebration of these misunderstood night time animals.

woven grey headed flying fox with watercolour pyrography comic style wing panels telling story of bats by autistic artist sara kian-judge

Banggu gives special attention to old stories - like Bats as native animals with ancient kinship connections to First Nations peoples - and new stories - like the presence of Bats in urban environments.

I have also included a story close to my heart - the incredible endurance of Bat mothers, who carry their infants in flight while continuing to bring life to Country through pollination.



BANGGU DETAILS VIDEO

*All artworks and images of artworks belong to Sara Kian-Judge 2022-2024.

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