Title: Heatwave Harmony
Medium: Aerosol 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: Shades of pink or red? I intended to maintain a predominantly pink style, but the bolder pinks are trending towards red. However, that wasn’t the focus. It occurred during the heat of a challenging yet beautiful moment; the sun had risen, and it was a hot day. A bit windy, which influenced my work, but my mind was unsettled. I tried to address the issue and stay calm, but it wasn’t easy to achieve.
Dimensions: 200cm (w) x 200cm (h) x 0.4cm (d)
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