Aly De Groot’s solo exhibition at GYRACC, titled ‘From Mangroves to Mataranka’, is BACK!
After a slight delay caused by COVID-19 locking down Darwin, this exhibition emerges from cross-country and cross-disciplinary creative experimentations in remote places. The body of work, including woven objects and works on paper are the outcomes from the artist’s explorations to find ways of making meaning and connection during this period of isolation.
Aly de Groot celebrates the people, creatures and places encountered as a north Australian contemporary fiber artist. Her diverse creative practice includes a thorough investigation into the use of recycled and plant materials, taking contemporary fibre arts practice to strange and unexpected places.
The spirit of her woven objects are also captured as 2-dimensional works, using alternative cyanotype photographic processes (sun-printing) along with plant pigments to make reflections of top-end land and seascapes. Her woven forms have been immortalized in bronze as a series of large-scale bronze public works across Darwin’s iconic coastal locations.
She generously shares her creative passions in workshops and presentations in schools, universities, festivals, galleries and remote Indigenous communities throughout Australia. Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre are grateful that Aly de Groot will be displaying her works right here!
Plus Special Performance from Leah Flanagan on the opening night.
DEFIANT, HOPEFUL AND STEEPED IN THE DEXTERITIES OF A SONGWRITER DEEPLY CONNECTED TO HER PURPOSE, LEAH FLANAGAN’S MUSIC RESONATES LIKE SWEET MOMENTS OF PEACE AMIDST THE CHAOS OF A CROWDED ROOM.