Brenda Kesi (Arire) | Artist Profile

Details of Brenda Kesi (Arire)

About

Brenda was a young girl during the turmoil of World War II and she remembers the 1951 eruption of Dahore Huvaimo (Mount Lamington). Brenda’s
mother was Go’ovino and her father was Valéla, both Ematé clans people from old Enopé village between the Jordan and Maruma Rivers. It was here
that her mother taught her how to sew her grandmother, Munne’s, sihoti’e taliobamë’e - designs of the mud. This method of appliquéing mud-dyed
barkcloth was first practiced by Suja, the first woman and mother of the world, as told in the Ömie creation story. Brenda has begun to teach her
sister Teresa Kione (Avur’e) to sew the ancestral Ömie sihoti’e designs such as wo’ohohe - ground-burrowing spider and taigu taigu’e - ancestral
tattoo designs. Brenda lives happily by the Jordan River with her husband Robinson Kesi.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 Ömie Barkcloth Art - Papua New Guinea, Japingka Aboriginal Art, Perth
2018 Art of the Ömie, JGM Gallery, London, England
2018 Toi Art, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
2017 Ömie Barkcloth Art of Papua New Guinea, Aboriginal & Pacific Art, Sydney
2017 Strasbourg Art Fair 2017 (brenda Kesi presented by ArtKelch, Germany), Strasbourg, France
2017 Nom'e Javavamu Darugé I'jové (We Dance Our Designs To Life), ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore
2017 PNG, It's Dynamite, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2017 Ömie Women Artists, Tunbridge Gallery, Perth
2017 Stories Art Forever, presented by Vivien Andreson Gallery at Merricks House Gallery, Mornington Peninsula VIC
2016 Moonlight, Mountains and Pig Tusks: Painted Wisdom of the Ömie Chiefs, Vivien Andreson Gallery, Melbourne
2016 The Sacred Mountain, Illuminated: Ömie barkcloth Art of Papua New Guinea, Aboriginal Signature - Estrangin Fine Art, Brussels, Belgium
2016 New Paintings: Ömie Artists of Papua New Guinea, Harvey Art Projects, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA
2016 Ömie Artists of Papua New Guinea, Aboriginal Signature - Estrangin Fine Art, Brussels, Belgium
2016 Mionomehi Oriseegé (Ancestral Paths), Short Street Gallery, Broome
2016 Parcours des Mondes, Paris: Omie Artists presented by Aboriginal Signature - Estrangin Fine Art, Brussels, Belgium
2015 Hijominöe Modéjadé (Guided by Ancestors): Ömie Artists 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2015 Mein Freund Der Baum (My Friend, The Tree), ArtKelch, Schorndorf, Germany
2015 Duvahe Nioge: Barkcloths by the Senior Ömie Artists of Papua New Guinea, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2015 An Exploration of Bark (in association with Ömie Artists and Maningrida Arts & Culture), Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2015 Art Karlsruhe 2015 (Ömie Artists presented by ArtKelch), Karslruhe, Germany
2015 Under the Volcano: Art of Ömie from Papua New Guinea, Museum Fünf Kontinente, Munich, Germany
2014 Das soll Kunst sein Vol. 12 (Ömie Artists presented by ArtKelch), Kunstverein, Freiburg, Germany
2014 Luminous Mountain, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2014 Ömie Artists: Contemporary Tapa Art from Papua New Guinea, ArtKelch, Freiburg & Stuttgart, Germany
2014 New Paintings by Ömie Chiefs and Senior Artists, Aboriginal & Pacific Art, Sydney
2013 Made in Oceania: Tapa – Art and Social Landscapes, Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, Cologne, Germany
2013 Volcanic Visions: Barkcloth Art of the Ömie, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, USA
2013 Suja’s Daughters, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2013 Painted and Woven in Song: Ömie Barkcloths and Bilums, RAFT Artspace, Alice Springs
2013 Of Spirit and Splendour: Barkcloth Art of the Ömie, ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore
2012 Art of the Ömie: Barkcloth Paintings from Papua New Guinea, Harvey Art Projects, Sun Valley ID, USA
2012 Nohi niogero aru’aho ma’ene munomehi jajuho (Our barkcloth holds the spirit of our culture), Raft Artspace, Alice Springs
2012 Barkcloth Paintings by Ömie Chiefs and Elders, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2011 No si hijomiono’o jabesi sor’e jajivo (We are painting the designs of our ancestors), ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore
2010 Rweromo garé niogehu mamabahe ajivé (Come and see the beauty and brightness of our barkcloths), Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2009 Ömie: Barkcloths from New Guinea, Annandale Galleries, Sydney
2008 Ömie Art of Mt. Lamington, New Guinea Gallery, Sydney

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Appel, Michaela; Kelch, Robyn; and King, Brennan, Ömie Artists [exhibition catalogue], ArtKelch, Freiburg & Staatliches Museum Für Völkerkunde
München, Germany, 2014
Balai, Sana; Modjeska, Drusilla; and Ryan, Judith, Wisdom of the Mountain: Art of the Ömie, National Gallery of Victoria International, Melbourne 2009
Gregory, Bill; and Ryan, Judith, Ömie: The Art of Ömie [exhibition catalogue], Annandale Galleries, Sydney 2009
King, Brennan, Hijominöe Modéjadé (Guided by Ancestors): Ömie Artists 10th Anniversary Exhibition [exhibition catalogue], Andrew Baker Art Dealer,
Brisbane, 2015
Leub, Oliver; and Mesenhöller, Peter (eds.), Made in Oceania: Art and Social Landscapes, Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum – Cultures of the World,
Cologne & Nünnerich-Asmus Verlag, Germany
Modjeska, Drusilla, Suja’s Daughters [exhibition catalogue], Andrew Baker Art Dealer, 2013
Nelson, Robert, ‘Geometric gems with kinetic jive’, The Age, 8 February 2012, p.15
Luminous Mountain [exhibition catalogue], Andrew Baker Art Dealer, 2014

COLLECTIONS

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
University of Queensland Anthropology Museum
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK
Museum Fünf Kontinente, Munich, Germany
Drusilla Modjeska Collection, Sydney
Private Collections

Artworks of Brenda Kesi (Arire)