Title: Green Handful
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: It has been a wild ride, I painted these five pieces all at the same time. It wasn’t easy, but it felt like the end of the tunnel. I struggled a lot during this period, and it changed my mood. I was experiencing 500 emotions simultaneously, making it a challenging time in my life. It was the worst one ever, but I managed to overcome it in the end. Painting is all I want to do; however, you cannot spell ‘paint’ without ‘pain’ in it.
Dimensions: 60cm(w) x 70cm(h) x 0.4cm(d)
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