Title: Amethyst and Sky Dance
Medium: Enamel Paint on 10oz primed duck canvas, in Raw Tasmanian Oak float frame.
Bio: Born profoundly Deaf, Gonketa’s first language is Auslan (Australian Sign Language), and as such he uses his art to continuously explore the complexity of hands; from their shape and forms, to their usage for communication in sign languages and commonly used hand gestures.
With heavy linework, vivid colour, and exaggerated expressions, Gonketa’s work explores the many nuances of expression that are fundamental within non-verbal communication. Gonketa’s practice is centred around his aim to promote self-determination for all members of the Deaf community.
Gonketa draws on his own lived experience and personal visual catalogue to develop a style that is as unique as it is exciting.
Artwork Statement:A purple stone and sky dance mark the onset of chaos. It overflows, relentlessly. It doesn’t cease, and I can’t either; the deadline is rapidly approaching. My therapy recommends taking a walk, but time is scarce, and I already walk every day with Nori. I feel a mix of blue and purple. Nori is my lavender flower, intertwining with my emotions and thoughts.
Dimensions: 150cm (w) x 200cm (h) x 0.4cm (d)
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