Judy Holding is a visual artist who works in a variety of media. Born in Bendigo in 1945, she completed a Diploma of Fine Art (Painting) at Monash University in 1977 and has been living in Melbourne ever since. In 1979 she started making regular visits to the Kakadu region of the Northern Territory. Her interest in indigenous rituals, social structures and spiritual beliefs informs the imagery she uses in her paintings, drawings and sculptures. She ventured into the decoration of ceramic forms in the mid 1990s as a way of resolving the ideas she was exploring at that time. Her ceramic works are marked with a painted 'J. Holding'.