Design Directions is a group exhibition that presents each artist’s aesthetic expression of culture and identity through works on paper and related ceramic and textile designs.
Erub Erwer Meta is a small but expanding group of artists from four tribal groups in Erub (Darnley Island), which is 160km north east of Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula and one of the most remote communities in Australia.
From its beginnings twenty years ago as a craft group, Ekkilau, the Art Centre, focuses on revitalising traditional cultural arts practices of the Erubam Le (Torres Strait Islander people of Erub), working across a range of mediums and disciplines.
Represented artists include Jimmy Thaiday, Sedey Stephen, Racy Oui-Pitt, Florence Gutchen, and Emma Gela whose works are artistically inspired by totems and traditional and contemporary stories about their land, sea and family connections.
Artist Lynnette Griffiths has worked alongside many of the Erub artists for more than twenty years and says:
Personally, I maintain that referencing historical content, which is both oral and physical in nature, is essential to any individual’s practice. The immediacy and directness of the Erub artists’ approach and work is both refreshing and invigorating. They are currently producing work that is distinct, relevant and shines with the authenticity of their island home.
Lynnette Griffiths, November 2016
Jimmy K Thaiday
Rachel Emma Gela
Eden & Wade
Image: Sedey Stephen, Lubabad 2012, watercolour and charcoal on paper. Courtesy of the artist and Erub Arts. Photo: Michael Marzik.