About the Artist

Kapata Dreaming and Yapa Mali were created by Dhiyalthun, Maddy Hodgetts, a Wangaaypuwan/Ngiyampaa and Wiradjuri woman dedicated to sharing Culture through Art. 

Maddy is currently based in Nyngan, Wangaaupuwan Country. She was raised on the Central Coast, the lands of the Guringai and Darkinyung people. Her cultural connection is through her Mother, a Wangaaypuwan (Ngiyampaa) and Wiradjuri Woman. 

Maddy is passionate about Community, Dancing, Song, language and all aspects of Culture. She regularly participates in local dance gigs and Corroborees as well delivering workshops and participating within the community. She offers Art and Cultural adornment workshops, which explores storytelling, traditional and contemporary methods of wearable art. 
Maddy was blessed to grow up with many cultural influences such as her mother Sharon Hodgetts, her Nan Anita Selwyn/nee Shipp and her older brothers. As well as many other family members that value and practice our culture. 
Sharon practices indigenous archaeology working to protect cultural sites. This has instilled in Maddy the importance of protecting and caring for our land. Living near Brisbane Water National Park and many cultural sites, Maddy grew up spending time exploring the bush and learning the stories with her Mother. They still regularly go bush together, where Maddy continues to learn culture. 
Anita grew up in Dubbo NSW but now lives on the Central Coast with the family. Growing up, Maddy, her nan and the family would return to Wiradjuri and Ngiyampaa Country to spend time with relatives in Central and Western NSW. Maddy has learnt many cultural values and morals from her Nan. She's also taught Maddy the hardships and obstacles faced by an indigenous woman of her generation.  Anita is Maddy’s biggest encouragement and she only hopes to make her Nan proud.
Maddy's love for painting began at a young age with her mother. They would paint together Indigenous designs and stories. At the age of 11Maddy started entering her paintings in a local NAIDOC week art competition. Here, she won first prize in her category and also sold her first piece. Maddy continued to enter her artwork in consecutive years winning awards and selling a number of her artworks.
Now 27 years old, Maddy has slowly progressed to her own style where she strives to depict Ngiyampaa Country and it's stories as well as translating traditional South East Aboriginal styles and practices into her work.  Her art and the stories behind them, will continue to evolve as she is continuously learning her Culture. 

These experiences of culture and family have instilled in Maddy the importance of caring for mother earth and each other.  She has a great appreciation and respect for her Family, Culture and Country. These are the things Maddy values and holds in her heart, this is part of her spirit in which is expressed though her work.


Photography by @barefootwandering.photogragphy