Close to Home
FIONA GRADY | LINDA HEMMERSBACH | JOANNA KIRK | MINNIE LUMAI | HANNAH LUXTON LINDSAY MALAY | RUSTY PETERS | MARIA TERESA ORTOLEVA | KITTEY MALARVIE DEBORAH TCHOUDJINOFF
Close to Home at JGM Gallery weaves together works by 10 contemporary British and Australian Aboriginal artists whose practices explore how we visualise the metaphysical link between the subconscious mind and the world we inhabit. Conceived during lockdown, the exhibition is curated by artists Fiona Grady, Linda Hemmersbach and Hannah Luxton in response to our collective gaze turning inwards to our everyday environments. Australian Aboriginal artists create works about ‘Country’ the land, sea and sky, flora and fauna in their world. With over 150 different language groups across the most remote areas of the vast Australian continent, home is the natural world that surrounds them. Artists paint their stories based around ancient traditions that make up the 65,000 year old culture. These selected artists demonstrate a small example of the Aboriginal visual language that helps to pass on their culture to younger generations. The exhibition includes contemporary painting, sculpture, drawing, installation and digital media. From literal interpretations such as the mapping of brainwaves and the use of found materials, to ideas of animism and the creation of metaphysical spaces, the artworks offer alternative routes into defining our world.