Assimilation Byproduct – Exhibition by Jaja
‘As a Wiradjuri woman working off country, I acknowledge the Arrernte, Luritja and Gumbaynggirr people as the traditional custodians of the lands on which I work. I pay respect to our Elders past, present and future … and to my Grandmother Martha Hamlin.’
JAJA is a multidisciplinary visual artist with an eye for innovation. Her arts background is inclusive of painting, mixed media, art direction and design. The elements reflected in JAJA’s work are representative of matrifocal ancestry lines, identity, trauma patterns and socio-political issues.
Vividly textured artworks are developed by fusing symbolic gestures, typography and primal markings to create the notion of palimpsest; representing the embedded layers of history. JAJA is driven by the exploration of self and identity. Within this exploration the aspect that continues to intrigue her most is the examination of the conditioned mind … ‘what turns me on is the raw grit and underground of the psyche, the essence of not immediately understanding, and then the slow revealing of the stories and guidance from our old ones’.
6 May – 5 June 2016
- 6pm – 3pm
- Central Craft Alice Springs