Jenni Kemarre Martiniello

Jenni Kemarre Martiniello

    • Artist’s Statement

      As a contemporary urban based Australian Aboriginal (Arrernte) glass artist, my aim is produce a body of traditionally inspired works that will pay tribute to our traditional weavers, and provide recognition for these ancient cultural practices through the contemporary medium of glass within the aesthetics of both. I have concentrated on the incredibly beautiful forms of traditional woven eel traps, fish traps and baskets, fish scoops and dillibags of our peoples, seeking to evoke the interplay of light and form found in those objects, and in so doing, create contemporary glass works which are also objects of cultural as well as artistic significance.

      The complex single, double and triple canes I create for these hot blown glass works admit an interplay of form and light that is very evocative of the light and form seen in traditional woven works, while overlays of transparent colours over opaques allow me to experiment with the various colour transitions of Australian native plant fibres used for weaving throughout their life spans, from just harvested to aged.

      In these works I pay tribute to the oldest living weaving practices in the world. They signify the continuity of heritage, place, peoples, community and our
      collective cultural identity. They mark the passage of knowledge between generations and the continuity of cultural practices since the beginning of living memory and reiterate the critical role our shared environment plays in sustainability and survival.

      ‘Gather’, as well as being the technical term for picking up molten glass from the furnace on a pipe or puntie, also refers to the traditional uses of Aboriginal woven objects to gather and carry food and medicines from the natural environment. This exhibition also gathers, in that it brings together a body of work representing my exploration into traditional Aboriginal woven objects, their forms, weaves and characteristics that I began in 2008 as the
      GlassWeave Project.

      Over the ensuing 12 to 13 years, I have progressively experimented with the colours of regionally diverse native plants used in those objects, as well as their shapes, purposes, weaves and patterns. The hot blown glass objects on exhibition here resulting from that experimentation are inspired by a diverse range of traditional objects. Eel traps made by Gunditjmara and Narrindjerri weavers, standing and reclining fish traps made by Yolgnu peoples of NE Arnhemland, Cape York and many other First Nations, the looping and knotted string dillibags of my Arrernte heritage, coiled and multicoloured baskets from the Kaurna country I grew up on, the exquisite cane bicornual long weave baskets from Cape York and the eastern seaboard nations, the long hunting weapon close weave dillibags from southern Australia, the bark baskets (tungas) from the Tiwi Islands and variations of other bark and kelp baskets and water carriers from freshwater and saltwater peoples.

    • Biography

      Jenni Kemarre Martiniello in an Award winning visual artist, poet, writer, and photographer of Arrernte, Chinese and Anglo-Celtic descent.

      As a contemporary urban based Aboriginal (Arrernte) glass artist, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello aims to produce a body of traditionally inspired works that will pay tribute to traditional weavers, and provide recognition for ancient cultural practices through the contemporary medium of glass within the aesthetics of both.

      In her current artistic practice Jenni concentrates on the incredibly beautiful forms of traditional woven eel traps, fish traps, fish scoops, dillibags and coiled and open weave baskets by Kaurna, Ngarrinjerri, Gunditjmara, Arrernte and NE Arnhemland weavers., seeking to evoke the interplay of light and form found in those objects, and in so doing, create contemporary glass works which are also objects of cultural as well as artistic significance.

      Jenni’s glass works have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions, including solo exhibitions at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra Glassworks and Sabbia Gallery in Sydney. She was awarded Canberra Critics Circle Awards for Visual Arts in 2011 and 2013. Jenni is an ACT Creative Arts Fellow (2003) and is the recipient of a 2-year Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visual Arts Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts for 2013/2014. In 2013 she won the prestigious Telstra Prize for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art. 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, Northern Territory Art Gallery and Museum, Australian Parliament House Collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, QAGOMA, 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.

    • Awards

      Selection of Awards & Prizes
      2021 - Finalist, Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize 2021, Ravenswood School for Girls, Gordon, NSW
      - Finalist, Tom Malone Glass Prize 2021 Art Gallery of WA, Perth, WA
      - Finalist Waterhouse National Art and Science Prize 2020 – Dec 2020 – March 2021, SA Museum, Adelaide
      2020 - Willoughby Bequest Commission – Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Powerhouse, Sydney Australia
      - CraftACT Artist in Residence 2019/20 – residency and research, Gudgenby Ready-cut Cottage Tidbinbilla and National Museum of Australia, ACT
      2019 - Finalist New Glass Now 2019 – Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY, USA
      2018 - Kluge-Ruhe Collection Residency, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, US
      - Finalist, Fuse Art Glass Prize 2018, Jam Factory Adelaide, SA
      2016 - Winner, Bay of Fires Art Prize, St. Helens, Tasmania
      2015 - Australian Design Award Honouree, Object Australian Design Centre, Darlinghurst, Sydney
      2014 - Finalist, City of Hobart Art Prize, Hobart Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania
      2013 - Winner, 30th Telstra NATSIA Award, MAGNT, Darwin, NT
      - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Visual Arts Fellowship 2013-2015, 6th National Indigenous Art Awards, Australia Council for the Arts, Sydney Opera House
      - Canberra Critics Circle Awards for Visual Arts
      2012 - Winner, Wollotuka Acquisitive Art Prize, University of Newcastle, Newcastle
      - Highly Commended, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Aust Museum
      - Sabbia Gallery – Jenni Kemarre Martiniello CV - 2021
      - Finalist, Ranamok Glass Prize, Canberra Glassworks
      2011 - Canberra Critics Circle Awards for Visual Arts
      - Finalist, Ranamok Glass Prize, Canberra Glassworks
      - Finalist, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Aust Museum

    • Exhibitions

      Solo Exhibitions
      2021 - Gather, Sabbia Gallery, Redfern, Sydney
      2020 - Beyond the Long Grass, Paul Johnson Gallery & Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
      2019 - Place Sky Breath, solo exhibition, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin NT
      - Freshwater Saltwater Weave, solo exhibition, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia
      2017 - Saltwater Freshwater Weave, Paul Johnson Gallery & Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
      2016 - Light Weave, Paul Johnson Gallery & Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
      - Furnace Weave, National Art Glass Gallery, Wagga Wagga, NSW
      2015 - Reinventing the Weave, Canberra Glassworks Gallery, Kingston, ACT
      2014 - Reed Songs, Sabbia Glass and Ceramics Gallery, Paddington, Sydney
      2013 - GlassWeave 2, Canberra Glassworks, ACT
      2012 - GlassWeave, Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT
      - Grandmothers’ Countries, Huw Davies Gallery, PhotoAccess, Manuka, ACT
      - Entrapment, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, ACT
      2008 - Photographing Country, solo photographic exhibition, Belconnen Community Art Gallery, July, 2008

      Selected Group Exhibitions
      2021 - Between Earth and Sky, Namadgi Residency Exhibition, Craft ACT
      - The Women’s Show, Vivien Anderson Gallery, St Kilda, VIC
      - The Study – Sabbia Gallery, Redfern, Sydney
      2020 - Container – Masters of Glass, Sabbia Gallery, Redfern, Sydney
      - The Women’s Show, Vivien Anderson Gallery, St Kilda, VIC
      - Salute XV, Sabbia Gallery, Redfern, Sydney
      2019 - TOGETHER we tell our stories – Sabbia Gallery, Redfern, Sydney
      - Avanti – Sabbia moves to Redfern, Sabbia Gallery, Redfern, Sydney
      - New Glass Now 2019 – Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY, USA
      - Glass Utopia – Design Canberra Signature Exhibition, CraftACT, Nov 2019. Touring to Launceston Tasmania, Milan, Italy, Venice Italy
      - Visionaries: Members Exhibition – CraftACT, Canberra, ACT
      - The Hot Shop – Masters of Glass, Sabbia Gallery, Redfern, Sydney
      - Woven – Harvey Art Projects, Sun Valley, Ketchum, Idaho USA
      - Tom Malone Prize 2019 – Art Gallery of WA
      - Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY
      2018 - Wild: Flora and Fauna in Australian Art, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, NSW, Australia
      - Fuse Art Glass Prize 2018, Jam Factory Adelaide, SA
      - Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize 2018, South Australian Museum.
      - Liquid Form: Ancient & Modern Glass, Ian Potter Museum, University of Melbourne, VIC, Australia
      - Masters of Glass: Sketch, Sabbia Glass & Ceramics Gallery, Paddington, NSW, Australia
      - Made in Australia – Benhadje and Djilali Galerie, Berlin, Germany
      - Sketch, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney
      - Sabbia Gallery – Jenni Kemarre Martiniello CV - 2021
      - Salute XIV, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney
      2017 - History Re-Visited, Craft ACT, Canberra
      - Salute XIII, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney
      2016 - Home – Masters of Glass, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney
      - Salute XII, Sabbia Gallery, Redfern, Sydney
      2015 - Salute XI, Sabbia Gallery, Redfern, Sydney
      - The Distant Warriors, ANZAC Centenary Exhibition, Canberra Glassworks Gallery, Kingston, ACT
      2014 - Contemporary Aboriginal Design, Adelaide Perry Gallery. PLC, Croydon, NSW
      - New Weave, Object Design Exhibition Centre, Surrey Hills, Sydney, NSW
      - Weereewa: Alternate Histories, Goulburn Regional Gallery, Goulburn, NSW
      2013 - Sacred, M16 Art Space, Canberra, ACT
      - 30th Telstra NATSIAA Award, MAGNT, Darwin, NT
      - Shaping Canberra, Canberra Centenary Exhibition, ANU School of Art Gallery, ACT
      - First Light, Canberra Centenary exhibition, Canberra Contemporary Art Space
      - 100 Views, Canberra Centenary Photography Exhibition, PhotoAccess, Manuka ACT
      - ATSIAB Artists, Foyer Exhibition Space, Australia Council for the Arts, Surry Hills, NSW
      - Story Weave, The Q Gallery, the Q Entertainment Centre, Queanbeyan, NSW
      - SY3 Exhibition, AIATSIS Foyer Gallery, Acton Peninsula
      - Walking Together, CIT Staff Exhibition, Creative Industries Design Space, CIT, Constitution Ave, Reid, ACT
      - Ensemble: Ausglass members Exhibition, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW
      - Tom Malone Prize, Finalist, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA
      - Made to Remember, Art Gallery of WA, Perth
      2012 - Ranamok 2012Glass Prize Touring Exhibition, Canberra Glassworks; Sydney; Brisbane. Dubbo, Manly
      - Goulburn Regional Art Award, Finalist, Goulburn Regional Gallery, Goulburn, NSW
      - Wollotuka Acquisitive Art Prize, University of Newcastle, University of Newcastle Gallery, Newcastle; Pt Macquarie Gallery, Port Macquarie
      - OpenWork, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello and Giles Bettison, Canberra Glassworks Gallery, Kingston, ACT
      - Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Aust Museum, Adelaide; National Archives, Canberra
      - Australian Exhibition, Festival of Pacific Arts, Honiara, Solomon Islands
      - Many Stories, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, ACT
      - OpenWork, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello and Giles Bettison, Canberra Glassworks Gallery, ACT
      - The Summer Show, Glass Artists Gallery, Glebe, NSW, Dec – Feb 2012.
      2011 - Ranamok Glass Prize Touring Exhibition, Canberra Glassworks, ACT; Sydney
      - Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA
      - Change, Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT
      2010 - Leading the Way, Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT
      2009 - IndigiGlass’09: Old Cultures, New Rituals, new works in glass, Tuggeranong Art Centre, ACT
      - Fabricate’09: International Invitational Textiles Exhibition, Malvern Artists Gallery, Textile Artists Guild of Victoria, Melbourne, April/May 2009.
      2008 - IndigiGlass’08: Postcards from the Referendum, Tuggeranong Art Centre, ACT
      - National Museum of Australia Acquisition.
      - A Red World, textile artists invitational exhibition, Wangaratta Regional Gallery, VIC

    Showing the single artwork

    Jenni Kemarre Martiniello

    Untitled - Large Dark Eel Trap
    27 x 105 x 27 cm Glass, blown with canes