Unravel: an exhibition of drawings and sculpture
The exhibition Unravel is a poetic response to the uncertainties of our time, as well as a personal reflection of memories of home, belonging and displacement. The centerpiece is a sculpture in the form of an anchor. This work, Between Certainties, deals with elements of opposition. An anchor represents security and safety: to be anchored. However, this sculpture is covered in checkered plastic, the type that is associated with cheap carry-all bags, evocative of poverty and mobility.
The drawings are based on specific knots and are accompanied by quotes from The Ashley Book of Knots. This provides both a description of the knot as well as a way of projecting a symbolic meaning onto the work. The artworks can operate as metaphors for personal relationships or emotional states, for example, strangle knot, true lovers knot, false lovers knot, and to untangle a snarl. This body of work continues Martini’s interest in ideas of belonging, loss, displacement, migration, travel and home.
*Ashley Book of Knots is an encyclopedia of knots written and illustrated by the American artist Clifford W. Ashley, first published in 1944.
Exhibitions: AirSpace Projects 2016
Between Certainties and Questions of travel exhibited at Blacktown Arts Centre as part of Diaspora-Making Machines, 2016
Photography: Mike Buick
Photography of Questions of travel: Sharon Hickey