February 2017 exhibitions
Ten young people aged 12-23 connected to Jerrinja, the Salt Water people of Jervis Bay on the South Coast of New South Wales recently embarked on a creative journey. That journey was into a new innovative and digital visual arts program designed specifically to learn – engage – connect and translate traditional Jerrinja language through modern photography and graphic digital art works.
This exhibition displays the best 30 works from Jerrinja Exposed by these inspiring young Jerrinja new artists.
‘Pod’ works began when I had an artist’s residency at Bundanon. While there I walked most mornings at daybreak. As I walked I noticed seed pods scattered on the ground and it seemed to me that, in the process of white settlement, these seeds and what grew from them were being replaced by the shelters of settlers. This concept led to collecting galvanized metal from dismantled farm buildings and using it to create the pods. The pod shape is very close to the dugout canoe which was possibly used in early human migration to Australia. Therefore this exhibition is fundamentally about place and people and the changes that occur which have been historically part of our country.
Immediately after graduating from the National Art School in 2015 Jodi Stewart was awarded a 12 month Artists Residency at Dunmoochin, Victoria. Dunmoochin is Clifton Pugh's legacy to the nation, a 20 acre property with various residences and studios where artists can focus on their work in the solitude of the Australian bush. Stewart's work focuses on porcelain drapery as a metaphor for the female body and this exhibition presents an overview of the drawings, watercolours, oil paintings and sculptures that she has produced during her year at Dunmoochin.
I hate that aesthetic game of the eye and the mind, played by these connoisseurs, these mandarins who "appreciate"beauty. What is beauty, anyway? There is no such thing. I never appreciate", any more than I "like" I love or I hate.
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