Nerine Martini

Between Certainties
2016, 104 x 187 x 132cm (plus chain), ply wood and woven plastic bags.
Questions of travel
2016 bamboo, string, plastic, installation area 180 x 160cm
Questions of travel (detail)
2016 bamboo, string, plastic, installation area 180 x 160cm
Snarl
2014, ink on paper, 76 x 395.5cm.
Twists and turns
2016 charcoal, conte and gouache on paper, 26 x 114cm.
Blind spots II
2016, charcoal, conte and gouache on paper, 49 x 76cm.
Blind spots 1
2014, charcoal, conte and gouache on paper, 49 x 76cm.
True lovers knot
2015, charcoal, conte and gouache on paper, 49 x 76cm.
Strangle knot
2016, charcoal, conte and gouache on paper, 49 x 76cm.
False lovers knot
2014, charcoal, conte and gouache on paper, 49 x 76cm.
To untangle a snarl
2015, charcoal, conte and gouache on paper, 49 x 76cm.
Crossroads II
2016 gouache on paper, 26 x 39cm (diptych).
Crossroads I
2015 gouache on paper, 26 x 39cm (diptych).
Unravel
2016

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