Below the Tide Line

07 Dec 2019 – 3 May 2020
GOMA | Gallery 1.4 | Free

Presented in conjunction with GOMA’s ‘Water’ exhibition (7 December 2019 – 26 April 2020), 'Below the Tide Line' has been developed in collaboration with Erub Arts, Marion Gaemers and Lynnette Griffiths. In their work the artists create sculptures made out of ghost net as a way to raise awareness about ocean pollution. 'Ghost net' is a term that refers to fishing nets that have been abandoned or lost, causing great harm to marine life. 'Below the Tide Line' features a spectacular artwork display as well as a drawing activity and an interactive screen-based animation exploring ocean conservation issues.

A series of hands-on workshops on select dates will invite participants to create a piece of coral using ghost net material. The workshop outcomes will be incorporated into a collaborative coral structure on display in gallery 1.4.

Artist Portraits

Ethel Charlie

Ethel Charlie (b.1959)
Papua New Guinean
Language: Sign Language

‘As I can’t hear or speak, I like to do things visually and I like to learn by watching others. My interest in art first began as a child. I like doing art because it keeps my mind occupied.’

Solomon Charlie

Solomon Charlie (b.1979)
Papua New Guinean
Language: Torres Strait Creole

‘My mother and grandmother were both great weavers and I used to watch them make things for the house. Today, I think that making things out of ghost net is a brilliant way to use a waste material.’

Rachel Emma Gela

Rachel Emma Gela (b.1954)
Torres Strait Islander
Language: Torres Strait Creole

‘As a young woman, I had family commitments that meant I was always working in the home. Now I can come together with women of my own age group and share stories, experiences and we can learn and share together.’

Florence Gutchen

Florence Gutchen (b.1961)
Torres Strait Islander
Language: Kulka Gau-Ya and Torres Strait Creole

‘When I was young, my favourite hobbies were crocheting, bead making, and sewing. As the years went by, I’ve learnt other art skills. As a member of Erub Arts, I enjoy my artwork and look forward to learning more new things and sharing with others.’

Lavinia Ketchell

Lavinia Ketchell (b.1993)
Torres Strait Islander
Language: Torres Strait Creole

‘I enjoy making all kinds of different things from the ghost net. The colours, visible once you unravel the net, make my works bright and happy. I love how I can turn something so harmful to our reefs into a beautiful artwork.’

Nancy Naawi

Nancy Naawi (b.1958)
Torres Strait Islander
Language: Torres Strait Creole

‘I have always been interested in making things. I have always crocheted and enjoyed sewing and handcrafts. As a member of Erub Arts, I have gained confidence as an artist, and I want to do things that represent me, my family, and my surroundings from before-time to modern times.’

Racy Oui-Pitt

Racy Oui-Pitt (b.1953)
Torres Strait Islander
Language: Erub Mer

‘I started making art seriously in 2002, and as a founding member of Erub Arts, I want to continue to make art that relates to my heritage and promotes our unique island way.’

Ellarose Savage

Ellarose Savage (b.1968)
Torres Strait Islander
Language: Torres Strait Creole

‘I am interested in expressing my relationship with the sea, and am currently exploring the links between people’s surroundings, objects, and Erub culture. Sea creatures are an important part of my heritage.’

Jimmy J Thaiday

Jimmy John Thaiday (b.1978)
Torres Strait Islander
Language: Torres Strait Creole

‘I have always loved to draw and make things with my hands; it’s something that comes naturally. I also enjoy fishing and walking on the reef. My artwork gives me the opportunity to express the things that are important to me, my identity, and my culture.’

Jimmy Kenny Thaiday

Jimmy K Thaiday (b.1987)
Torres Strait Islander
Language: Torres Strait Creole

‘Art has always been part of my life; my inspiration for my artwork is from my heritage and the environment in which I live. The cultural traditions that have been passed on through generations and taught to me by my elders have also influenced my work.’

Sarah Dawn Gela

Sarah Dawn Gela (b.1977)
Torres Strait Islander
Language: Torres Strait Creole

In 2011 I started helping my mother with stitching ghost net bags and developed a liking for working with ghost net. Before that I concentrated on traditional palm frond weaving. Being creative gives me the opportunity to express myself, my culture and the environment I live in.’

Nancy Kiwat

Nancy Kiwat (b.1971)
Torres Strait Islander
Language: Torres Strait Creole

‘At school, art was one of my favourite subjects. Working at Erub Arts, I have learnt new things and have also gained new skills. I am looking forward to broadening my understanding of art.’

Lorenzo Ketchell

Lorenzo Ketchell (b.1989)
Torres Strait Islander
Language: Torres Strait Creole

‘My passion for art started when I was nine years old. I grew up to love sketching and followed art ever since. Throughout my high school years, I assisted and co-ordinated art projects.’

Robert Oui

Robert Oui (b.1992)
Torres Strait Islander
Language: Torres Strait Creole

‘From a young age I’ve always liked drawing and sketching, making designs and patterns. I am inspired by graffiti art as I research online. I returned to Erub with my family and joined the Art Centre. I have worked on large-scale charcoal drawings and paintings.’

Marion Gaemers

Marion Gaemers (b.1958)
Australian
Language: English

‘I explore basketry traditions and adapt them to different sculptural forms and mediums, often using waste material. Working collaboratively, involving community and sharing skills as a weaver and basket-maker is an important part of my practice.’

Lynnette Griffiths

Lynnette Griffiths (b.1963)
Australian/English
Language: English

‘My artistic practice has developed from graphic-image-making towards the manipulation of materials, construction, and installation. My work uses imagery, along with materials from the marine environment, as a metaphor for human exploitation and environmental degradation.’

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Alma Sailor (b.1956)
Torres Strait Islander
Language: Torres Strait Creole

‘I started arts when I was with the previous group call EKKILAU. After my husband died in 2011, I decided to do art again. Early in 2013, I joined up with the present group of artists of Erub Arts. So far, I’ve been doing screen-printing, pottery, jewellery and ghost net.’

Artist photography: Lynnette Griffiths / Erub Arts

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