Grounded artist talks: Jumaadi, Joan Ross, Justine Varga
Wednesday 30 August
1–2pm NAS Gallery
Please join artists and NAS alumni Jumaadi, Joan Ross and Justine Varga for artist talks in the Grounded exhibition, moderated by NAS Gallery Curator Judith Blackall
Jumaadi’s dream-like figures and images are inspired by travel, places, people, emotions and ideas. They communicate both personal and universal themes and are influenced by the century-old oral and performative traditions of Indonesian shadow puppetry from the artist’s childhood in East Java. Jumaadi completed a BFA in 2000 and an MFA in 2008, both at NAS.
Joan Ross’ installations with found objects and kangaroo fur, prints and video investigate the legacy of colonialism in Australia, particularly its effect on Indigenous Australians. Ross incorporates fluorescent and Hi-Vis colour as a metaphor for colonialism’s ongoing presence and impact in contemporary society. Joan Ross completed a Post Certificate in Painting in 1981 at NAS
Justine Varga’s photographs, made without a camera and over extended periods, embody a particular intersection of time and place. They offer an autobiographical witnessing of the world, a memoire, rather than mere acts of representation. These photographs come into being as a result of interrelated processes, including a duration of bodily actions, or otherwise undergo a haptic rendering. Justine Varga completed a BFA (Honours) in 2008 at NAS.
Images: Jumaadi, Embrace 2017 (detail), hand-coloured buffalo hide cut-out, courtesy the artist and Watters Gallery, Sydney. Photo: Steven Cavanagh / Joan Ross, Eugene 2007 (detail), mixed media, Grounded: Contemporary Australian Artists, National Art School Gallery, courtesy the artist and Michael Reid Sydney. Photo: Steven Cavanagh / Justine Varga, Postimpression 2017 (detail), chromogenic hand-printed photograph from 5x4 inch negative, 148 x 115 cm, unframed, 153 x 125 cm, framed, edition of 5 + 2AP. Image courtesy of the artist and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide. © The artist