Earthworks is a continuation of Winsome Jobling’s 2014 exhibition titled Earth. It is a reflection upon the natural changes and movement of the Earth in tandem with human exploitation of natural resources. In Earthworks Jobling moves deeper into the geological transformation of the earth and how this influences our sense of identity, shaping our interactions with the environment. The works consist of handmade paper made from plant materials with earth pigments.
All around us invisible matter forms the visible. Whirling and colliding atoms, electrons, quarks and magnetic fields are the building blocks of everything.
All known things are made up of quarks and electrons tied together by strong magnetic fields.
Nothing is still.
The Earth’s tectonic plates move under our feet about as fast as our hair grows.
Earthworks continue throughout geologic time, constantly moving and changing.
Things collide, always cause and effect, the ceaseless gradual erosion or cataclysmic transformation.
The influence of the natural world on our sense of identity and place has changed and a more active engagement and greater understanding would challenge the complacency of familiarity where we now see the natural world as exploitable object.
By respecting the natural world our interactions might be tempered by a deeper empathy.
The earth pigments I use are sourced from all over the Northern Territory; red sand from Titjikala, grey mud from Cahills Crossing, purple/brown from an abandoned mine near Tennant Creek. All are the worn down remnants of ancient geology. The charcoal is from bushfires, the ‘bones’ of bushland.
Abaca is a fibre from the non-fruiting banana Musa textilis and is imported from the Philippines part processed, ready to be beaten and formed into paper.
The plant fibre papers using Phalsa (Grewiaasiatica), Stringybark (Eucalyptus tetradonta) and Kapok (Cochlospermumfraseri) are locally sourced and processed.
Winsome Jobling 2015
Nomad Art presents an exquisite collection of new etchings, linocuts and works on paper from Jilamara Arts and Crafts. Inspired by the rich cultural heritage and the island environment, the artworks represent the stories and customs of the Tiwi people.
The prints were produced in collaboration with Martin King from the Australian Print Workshop in Melbourne and feature Raelene Kerinauia, Janice Murray, Pedro Wonaeamirri, Timothy Cook, Conrad Tipungwuti, Brian Farmer Illortaminii and Nicholas Mario as well as younger artists.
Australian Print Workshop (APW) has an ongoing relationship with Jilamara Arts & Crafts, which began in 1995. Since then APW has undertaken several return trips to the Island. These visits have been complemented by visits to the workshop in Melbourne by several of the Tiwi artists.
Jilamara Arts & Crafts was first established in 1989 as an adult education centre focusing on fabric printing. Today artists work from a palette of natural ochres to produce paintings on linen, canvas, paper and bark. Also renowned for sculptural works the tradition of carving has continued through the art centre.
Artists draw inspiration from ceremony, body paint (yirrinkiripwoja) and scarification designs (minga), clan totems and the Tiwi creation story. Designs passed on by family are also an inspiration to artists developing their own particular style – their own jilamara.
Jilamara Arts & Crafts is located at Milikapiti (Snake Bay) on Melville Island. The Tiwi word ‘Jilamara’, which roughly translates to ‘design’ refers to the intricate ochre patterning traditionally applied to the bodies of dancers and the surface of carved poles during the Pukumani funeral ceremony.
Prints produced by Jilamara artists have been acquired for major public collections including: the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Victoria.View the Online Gallery >
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