About Shanti Gelmi

Using a multidisciplinary approach to explore the complexities of human connection and identity, Shanti Gelmi focuses on the concealed, intangible elements which direct, manipulate and normalise behaviour in diverse societal structures.  Driven by the issues she faced early in her life, where a pressured denial of her own cultural heritage was considered a ‘normal’ way of fitting in to Australian culture, Shanti seeks to understand what it means to be different and questions the importance of denying one’s true self in order to fit securely within predetermined constructs.  The outcome of this meditative practice of questioning, drawing, cutting and making is a unique visual language representing biological, environmental, cultural, societal and emotional linkages of experience and memory into schemas of existence. These schemas which are present in many of her recent works can also be read as nets which have the ability to hold firmly but are permeable.

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Shanti Gelmi
, 2019
Ink drawing on Hahnemuhle paper
Image © Courtesy of Artist