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Kerri Kerley Art

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Djaka II

Artist Statement: These clayboard paintings are part of the ‘Yabun Series' that have been created from my experience at the annual Yabun Festival held in Sydney in 2018. Yabun, meaning ‘Music to a beat’ in local Gadgial language.

The Yabun Festival is a celebration of  the survival of our first nations culture, music dance and language and has been running since the early 2000’s.
Where ever I go I take lots of photos, of fleeting moments. I never know until I download the images, what I’ve managed to capture. It’s from here I make decision about the images I select to paint. A great photo doesn’t necessarily make a great painting. Sometimes a photo should remain just that. My selection is an emotional one, if I feel the image has a story to tell, it will become a painting, after all, art is all about the story telling. The story will be different for everyone who views the painting. For me, they are a symbol of survival, strength, beauty, vulnerability and innocence, all the things that make us human. I am drawn to painting children because there is a sense of innocence, hope and resilience I love to capture. There is a strong sense of community, inclusiveness and love at these events, you can’t help but want to capture and celebrate that side by side.  - Kerri Kerley

Medium: Watercolour on clayboard
Dimensions: 34 x 27 image size | 54 x 46 cms framed behind glass
Date: 2019
Condition: New

CHG Directors Statement: Kerri Kerley – “Insights to the Soul”

Kerri’s paintings capture the indigenous figure with an empathy and insight that is both profound and unique; expressing their personality with her own stylised rendition.  She does not render a portrait but rather, captures the esoteric spirit of her subject.

It is obvious that as an artist, she connects with her intuition and I believe, is almost guided to whom she chooses to observe and study for her next piece.  She has a sincere empathy, or connection with the personalities in her portraits, thereby her art gives insight to each of these personalities.


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Djaka II