Finalist – Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello

Long Green Sedge Reeds Eel Trap, 2017
Hot blown glass with canes
280h x 1040w x 280

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Jenni Kemarre Martiniello is an Award winning visual artist of Arrernte, Chinese and Anglo-Celtic descent. Her works have been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions.
She was awarded Canberra Critics Circle Awards for Visual Arts in 2011 and 2013. In 2013 Jenni won the prestigious Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Her works are held in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Art Gallery of Western Australia, the ACT Legislative Assembly, Tasmanian Art Gallery and Museum, QAGOMA, Northern Territory Art Gallery and Museum, Australian Parliament House Collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Museum of Palau, National Art Gallery of the Solomon Islands, the Corning Museum of Glass, USA and the British Museum UK. Jenni works from her studio at Canberra Glassworks.

“Inspired by traditional Aboriginal eel traps woven by Gunditjmara and Narrandjerri  weavers of Southern Australia, these works harness the inherent qualities of glass to evoke the interplay of light and form characteristic of traditional woven traps. The glass becomes a medium of both ancient and contemporary cultural transmission. I have used opaques overlaid with translucent colours in various combinations to evoke the varying stages of colour transition of natural plant fibres used in these objects, thereby capturing something of the place through the colours I use, as well as the changing qualities of colour from harvest to aged that these objects go through in their lifetimes. The sculptures shape signifies a sectional structure of a pie graph, to convey the importance of maintaining time for ourselves in our frequently complex and busy lives, with the glass suggesting the strength required to achieve it.”