Jenni Kemarre Martiniello
As an urban-based Aboriginal (Arrernte) glass artist I aim to pay tribute to our ancient traditional weaving practices through the contemporary medium of glass within the aesthetics of both. I also seek to create contemporary glass works that are objects of cultural, as well as artistic, significance.
Jenni Kemarre Martiniello is undeniably an artistic force to be reckoned with. She is a writer, poet, academic and a visual artist who works with textiles, printmaking and photography as well as glass. Her background is as diverse as her artistic practice; she is of Arrernte, Chinese and Anglo-Celtic descent and her Aboriginal heritage strongly informs all her work.
Entrapment is comprised of all new works, created during a residency at the Canberra Glassworks in 2011. These works explore the ties between country, tradition, family and history through the delicate yet powerful medium of glass.
By reworking traditionally woven eel and fish traps in glass, Martiniello encourages the viewer to refocus on the subject of these works. Striking objects in their own right, woven traps are often sidelined as simply women’s craft, yet they are highly intricate and sophisticated works of art in addition to their practical application. These traps in glass are purely for display and reflection, which highlights not only the beauty of the object, but also questions the removal of Aboriginal people from their traditional lands and the increasing rarity of previously essential traditions such as weaving.