As an Aboriginal (Arrernte) artist Jennifer Kemarre Martinello seeks to invoke the organic ‘weaves’ and forms of traditional woven objects such as eel traps, fish traps and dillibags in hot blown glass works, to pay tribute to the survival of the oldest living weaving practices in the world. Her intention is to appropriate the contemporary medium of glass to become a vehicle for ongoing First Nations cultural expression. Her Palm Fibre Baskets are an extension of this, seeking to evoke the weaves of various native fibres where they occur naturally in varying environments and ecosystems. This work was inspired by the artists photographs of palm trees on Mission Beach QLD after Cyclone Yasi had stripped open their layers of bark.
Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello has been a Canberra based multi-disciplinary artist for over 35 years. She is mostly known for her art glass works, her socio-culturally inspired recycled material sculptures, and as a writer and poet. As an internationally recognized glass artist her works are held in major private and public collections in Australia, the UK, USA, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific.
She is represented by Sabbia Gallery Sydney, Paul Johnstone Gallery Darwin, Vivien Anderson Gallery Melbourne and Harvey Art Projects Idaho.
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