We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Title

Solwata

2015-2016

Artists

Marion Gaemers

Australia

1958 -

Lynnette Griffiths

England

1963 -

Florence Gutchen

Australia

1961 -

Racy Oui-Pitt

Australia

1953 -

Ellarose Savage

Australia

1969 -

  • Details

    Places where the work was made
    Erub Darnley Island Torres Strait Islands Australia
    Cairns Queensland Australia
    Date
    2015-2016
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    Ghostnet (reclaimed fishing net and rope)
    Dimensions
    220.0 x 1600.0 cm approx., irreg.
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by Vicki Olsson 2016
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    255.2016
    Copyright
    © the artists

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Marion Gaemers

    Works in the collection

    1

    Artist information
    Lynnette Griffiths

    Works in the collection

    1

    Artist information
    Florence Gutchen

    Works in the collection

    1

    Artist information
    Racy Oui-Pitt

    Works in the collection

    1

    Artist information
    Ellarose Savage

    Works in the collection

    1

    Share
  • About

    Erub Erwer Meta (Darnley Island Arts Centre) is located on Erub or Darnley Island in the eastern Torres Strait. Artists at the centre work in diverse media, with a particular focus in recent times being provided through the use of ghost nets to create sculptural forms. This method of working was instigated by Ghost Net Australia who travelled to the island in 2010 as part of a larger project across the far north of Queensland that aimed to collect the vast numbers of discarded fishing nets that had washed up on the beaches and use these to create artworks. The artists are Erub have since become known for this animated forms of the variety of sea life found in the region.
    Solwata translates as ‘saltwater’ and this was the inspiration for ‘Solwata’ 2016. This large scale collaborative work gives imaginative form to the saltwater reefs, tidal areas and shorelines of the Torres Strait. The work was commissioned from the Torres Strait Islander artists Florence Mabel Gutchen, Racy Oui-Pitt and Ellarose Savage, in conjunction with the Cairns based artists Marion Gaemers and Lynnette Griffiths for the 2016 Biennale of Sydney, The future is already here it is just not evenly distributed and featured in the ‘Embassy of Spirit’ at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Cairns