A burst of lightning from Sarrita

Sarrita King along with her artwork. Picture: Saville Coble.

MULTI-talented First Nations artist and former Canberran, Sarrita King, will return to city subsequent week for a solo exhibition gallery in Woden Plaza.

34-year-old King, a educated journalist in addition to artist, describes herself as an “artist of at present” as she combines strategies and methods from previous and current instances.

Lately relocated from Canberra to her hometown Darwin, the place she prefers to carry up her sons, she might be greatest recognized for her “Lightning Sequence” of work the place she depicts the cracking, searing flashes that reduce the sky.

She’ll be in Canberra subsequent week for a hands-on demonstration on the entrance of a pop-up gallery going through Massive-W, the brainchild of artwork aficionado Keith Murphy, who himself not too long ago moved to the ACT from Melbourne.

Keith Murphy surrounded by artwork. Picture: Helen Musa.

His exhibition house not solely holds artwork by legendary artists together with Rover Thomas, Clifford Possum and Emily Kame Kngwarreye, however current work by younger artists just like the King sisters, Sarrita and Tarisse, each daughters of the late artist William King Jungala.

Once I popped into the gallery, I used to be struck by the number of creative merchandise, together with glasswork, sculptures, wallets and pendants that includes the work of named artists and even a spread of arty budgie smugglers by Sarrita King that is likely to be the envy of Tony Abbott.

Murphy stated “younger artists at present are very adventurous relating to crossing the boundaries in artwork and are eager to attempt new media.” As properly, he stated, lockdown had impressed artists to department out into completely different areas of artwork and craft.

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Steel sculpture of a turtle by Tarisse King. Picture: Helen Musa.

Whereas Sarrita’s forte is in her large-scale work and she or he has been exhibited as far afield as Paris, Tarisse’s third-dimensional artwork had been developed into putting steel sculptures just like the panther and turtle on show. Throughout covid when face-to-face conferences between artists and maker-artisans had been unimaginable, Murphy stated, the artwork of negotiating, designing and transforming on-line had been mastered and was now being put to good impact.

Sarrita King, “My Nation,” store 42, Westfield Woden. February 10 to 19. Opening 6pm, Friday, February 10. The artist can be within the gallery midday – 9 pm, February 10. midday – 5 pm, February 11, midday – 4 pm, February 12.




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Ian Meikle, editor