City of Design Day Four – Jenni Kemarre Martiniello

Sunday, 30 October 2023


Arrernte woman, Jenni Kemarre-Martiniello, is best known for beautiful reinterpretations of traditional forms in Aboriginal weaving. Working in collaboration with various glass artists, Martiniello uses Italian glass cane techniques to replicate woven strands of fibre, suspended within the hardness of polished glass. The resulting work consist of stunning glass forms informed by traditional Aboriginal vessels and tools, such as fish traps, eel traps, and various kinds of bags and baskets.

Martiniello’s work is a striking example of the way craft and design can help to shape and explore cultural identity and belonging, particularly in a contemporary and post-colonial context.

Martiniello’s work is held in highly esteemed collections such as the National Gallery National, National Museum of Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Australian Parliament House Collection, National Museum of Belau, National Art Galley of the Solomon Islands and the Corning Museum of Glass.

Image: Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Large Sargasso Eel Trap 2015, hot blown glass. Photo by Adam McGrath.


City of Design Day Four - Jenni Kemarre Martiniello