Exhibition 21 July to 1 September 2018
Presented by Warringarri Arts.
The elemental forces of fire and water inspire artists Peggy Griffiths and Jan Griffith who are also mother and daughter. They have combined forces to work with painting and ceramics — the counter forces of fire and water. Peggy Griffiths acclaimed paintings capture the movement of wind and water through her spinifex country as evidence of the live spirit of culture. She shows the winding of waterways into the Ord River as they flow over the traditional coutry of her mother and grandfather. The artists' ceramic works are the outcome of a series of experimental exchange residencies organised by Warringarri Arts in Kununurra, Western Auustralia. In Adelaide they worked with Gus Clutterbuck at the Jam Factory and in Perth at Mundaring Art Centre in 2017. Jan Griffiths began working in ceramics in 2016 fascinated by the history of droving and what it meant for Aboriginal people as unpaid pastoral workers. Her father is the eminent (and now deeply mourned) artist and choreographer Alan Griffiths whose work was a highlight of The National (2017) at Carriageworks in Sydney. Mr Griffiths was also an excellent horseman, stockman and drover.
Two women, two generations and two disciplines combine in this exhibition to capture histories of land, spirit and contemporary Indigenous culture.
Jan Griffiths, details awaiting
Peggy Griffiths, Waterhole Platter, 2018. porcelain, sgraffito and underglaze decoration, glaze
Waringarri Aboriginal Arts at www.waringarriarts.com.au