(RE)BORROWING ARROWS WITH THATCHED BOATS
9 June - 24 June 2023
Moores Building Contemporary Art Space, 46 Henry Street, Fremantle WA
Official Opening Event Fri 9 June, 6pm
Exhibition runs 10 - 24 June 2023
Artist Talk Sat 17 June, 1.30pm
Artists: Desmond Mah (Curator), Patricia Amorim, Shanti Gelmi, Deborah Worthy-Collins and Tami Xiang
The exhibition ‘(Re)Borrowing Arrows with Thatched Boats’ centres around the Chinese idiom or chengyu "草船借箭". This chengyu was coined from a military strategy developed by Zhuge Liang during the Three Kingdoms Period in China. The strategy involved using decoy boats filled with straw to trick the enemy into wasting their arrows, which were later retrieved and used to launch a successful attack.
Chengyu are idiomatic expressions in the Chinese language that encapsulate cultural, historical, and philosophical concepts in a concise and memorable way. They have been used in literature, poetry, and everyday conversation for centuries. However, despite the presence of Chinese Diaspora in Western Australia, this aspect of Chinese culture is not visible to the broader public.
Patricia Amorim, Shanti Gelmi, Desmond Mah, Deborah Worthy-Collins and Tami Xiang will use 草船借箭 as a catalyst to navigate their worlds, and process their personal histories, experiences and memories. These Boorloo-based artists will produce their body of works collectively as a poetic metaphor.
Image Credit: illustration from Selected Pictorial Stories From The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, 1989
14 April -3 May 2023
Kent Street Gallery - Victoria Park Centre for the Arts
Tracing Absence brings together a multidisciplinary, and close group of ECU alumni and friends, interpreting the themes of absence, loss, and the ways in which absence is made present, through their own personal experiences and their diverse practices and approaches to material.
Inherent to memory, is forgetting: loss and absence. We began to think about the ways in which absences influence how we perceive ourselves (altering our sense of self), how we interact with the world (altering our sense of space), and how we perceive and connect to the past and the future (altering our sense of time).
The key conceptual foundation underpinning the work in this show is the conflict between our inability to articulate and materialise what is not there, and our desire to engage with absences on a material level.
1 February - 30 March 2023
ECU Galleries, Spectrum Project Space,
Mount Lawley WA 6050
A curated exhibition featuring 10 culturally diverse artists responding to their experiences of living in a multicultural, yet tension filled, contemporary Western Australia. These artists, who collectively draw on lived experiences spanning five continents, have explored their relationship between land and culture through the materialities of paint, print, sculpture, performance, installation, video and photography.
This exhibition has been made possible through funding provided by the ‘Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries’ grant, as well as support by ‘ECU Galleries’.
Patricia Amorim, Kelsey Ashe, Yvette Dunn-Moses, Marcia Espinosa, Shanti Gelmi, Sue Leeming, Desmond Mah, Leonie Ngahuia Mansbridge, Matthew McAlpine and Lea Taylor.
Curator: Dr Harrison See
MUNDARING ARTS CENTRE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA.
1 July - 12 September 2022
Through transformative processes, this group of emerging artists take the printmakers craft beyond tradition. While maintaining the physical presence of the artist's hand in the work, the artists reveal outcomes using non-traditional materials, scale and form, following chance revelations and surprising serendipities into an expanded practice.
Artists: Jane Button, Shanti Gelmi, Louise Grimshaw, Isaac Huggins, Eveline Ruys and Kristy Scaddan.
Image: The Money Trap, Louise Grimshaw, 2022.
HERENOW22: OUTSIDE IN
2 February - 3 March 2022
Spectrum Project Space, Edith Cowan University Galleries, Mount Lawley, Western Australia.
HERENOW22: Outside In, curated by Isaac Huggins, will investigate local artists' use of recycled, repurposed, and discarded materials, surfaces, and mediums. This exhibition aims to raise awareness about sustainability and the environmental impact of consumerism in today’s society and subvert the idea of the traditional 'white wall' gallery model.
There is a distinctive difference in attitude between what is done outside, what is done inside. By providing a collaborative space for both contemporary and public art to co-exist in the same setting, Isaac asks what better way to challenge this than to bring the OUTSIDE IN?
Featuring artists: Andy Quilty, Ariel Katzir, Conor Macgrath, Jack Richards, Jordan Botello, Luke O'Donohoe, Rob Douglas, Shanti Gelmi and Straker
Image: Idle Hands, Luke O'Dononoe, 2021
COOL CHANGE CONTEMPORARY, BON MARCHE ARCADE, BARRACK STREET, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
1 - 23 October 2021
Shadow is used as a metaphor for invisible societal, psychological and environmental forces by giving them an impermanent material expression through abstraction, incorporating movement of lighting to create dynamic shadow play on the ceiling and walls in an immersive sculptural installation. I also celebrate my cultural heritage by creating a series of laser cut drawings in colours synonymous with Indian culture.
This work was developed during my residency at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and has been supported by a grant from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Photograph by Royce Gelmi.
FINE ART AT HALE INVITATIONAL
22 July - 24 July 2022
Photograph by Royce Gelmi.
ALL THAT REMAINS
ELLENBROOK ARTS, 34 MAIN STREET, ELLENBROOK, WA
4 June - 3 July 2021
Curated by Robyn Bernadt, All That Remains is a contemporary exhibition exploring the theme of memory in a variety of mediums and materials from a group of emerging and established artists, all current students or alumni of Edith Cowan University.
Featuring works by: Robyn Bernadt, Olivia Colja, Chris De Sira, Shanti Gelmi, Louise Grimshaw, Kristy Scaddan, Cim Sears, Laura Sikes, Deborah Worthy Collins and Jane Ziemons.
Photograph by Laura Sikes.
REMIDA PERTH RESIDENCY
This residency will be used to engage with REmida's materials, repurposing waste and developing a more sustainable approach to my work.
PICA RESIDENCY 2021
Gelmi is using her residency at PICA to build on the metaphor of the shadow as a hidden influential force, drawing attention to them by concentrating on the absence of the material removed. Her aim is to give an impermanent material expression to the invisible societal and environmental forces through abstraction by incorporating movement of lighting to create dynamic shadow play on the ceiling and walls in an immersive sculptural installation. She will also examine the impact of the work’s grounding to the heritage structure of PICA itself, a symbol of colonisation and the cultural compromises often felt by migrants to a new land.
Photograph by Royce Gelmi
HATCHED 2021: NATIONAL GRADUATE SHOW 2021
PICA, PERTH INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS, 51 JAMES STREET, NORTHBRIDGE, WA
7 May - 11 July 2021
Photo: Bo Wong, PICA
FUTURE PROOF GRADUATE EXHIBITION
MEGALO PRINT STUDIO
25 March - 2 July 2021
This curated online exhibition will showcase the work of twenty-four emerging printmedia graduates from across Australia and New Zealand.
Mundaring Arts Centre, 7190 Great Eastern Highway, Mundaring
Contact for commissions or available artwork: email@example.com
ART CUP Project
The Art Cup Project is a collaboration between Karvan Coffee and local artists. You can find some of my art on Coffee Cups around Perth! Read about my artwork and inspirations here:
Art Cup Project x Shanti Gelmi
The quarterly journal of the Print Council of Australia Inc.
Summer 2021 Vol 56 No.04
Emerging Artist, p31
Print pioneers push the art form to new places
Out of the Shadows
HERENOW22-Outside In, Gems in our own backyard
Busselton Art Award 2021
Shanti chats with Keith from ArtGeo Gallery, Busselton about her work 'Flay'.