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‘Famiglia: Oh Holy Father’ – solo exhibition by Chrystal Rimmer

In 2015, Chrystal Rimmer spent nine weeks at Ikuntji Artists, an aboriginal artists centre situated in MacDonnell Ranges in the Northern Territory. The Ikuntji community instilled in her the importance of family, spirituality and understanding ancestry, and this experience sparked the creation of this new body of work, titled ‘Famiglia: Oh Holy Father’.

Rimmer embarked on a journey of self-discovery that took her to Arcade in Treviso, Italy to meet her extended family and learn about her descent. ‘Famiglia: Oh Holy Father’ is an immersive family tree – a series of paintings of relatives and sacred spaces. While figurative the works are guided more by what Rimmer felt than what she saw. Architectural elements prevalent in Rimmer’s past painting series are present in these works as abstracted habitats. These habitats reflected her mood when creating the work and are at times representational of her subject’s personality.

Chrystal Rimmer is a recent BFA graduate of the National Art School, Sydney. She lives and creates work in Merimbula – a small town on the south coast of New South Wales, a place she describes as having “limited cultural diversity”

Happening 20 October to 26 November (showing Wed – Sun, 11AM – 3PM) at the Nishi Gallery, 2 Philip Law Street, NewActon. 

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