Jody Graham

Somewhere to land

26 May — 5 June 2021

Lives and works in Sydney

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Jody Graham’s commitment to the environment is absolute. Dissatisfied with imaging the landscape, the artist abandons traditional drawing and painting techniques in search of new methodologies. The resulting work, in effect, becomes part of the land that she walks. Along with charcoal—that most primitive of media, Graham sources natural pigments and uses found objects as drawing implements.

For Graham, mark making is paramount. Her meditative process involves circumnavigating her surrounds, collecting objects to imprint her marks. The implements—the morphing of strange objects together—have become artefacts, almost Neolithic, and are evidential in the artist’s process. By challenging preconceived ideas about how drawing marks should be made, Graham allows for a more immersive and organic creative experience. The culmination of this unique practice is a raw, yet, articulate imagery that speaks of her world.

The devastation of the fires that enveloped much of regional New South Wales in 2019/20 has provided the genesis for this body of work. From the landscape to the flora and fauna that inhabit it, Graham investigates every nuance, weaving her narrative and deep love of the land into the picture plane. There is optimism in the work from this period. Out of the ashes, we find beauty and life—a regeneration of the land and our psyche.

Graham has enjoyed success as the winner of the Greenway Art Prize in 2017 and 2020 and has been a finalist in numerous major painting and drawing prizes, including the Kedumba Drawing Award, Blake Prize, the Plein Air Painting Prize at the Parliament of NSW and the Dobell Drawing Prize. Graham’s works are held in many public collections nationally, as well as private collections nationally, in the United Kingdom, the United States of America and New Zealand.


Ralph Hobbs & Nicole Hauser
May 2021

\ Exhibition featured works

Jody Graham

Bearing Witness

2021 \ Charcoal from Black Summer Australian Bushfires, tree sap, compressed charcoal and ink on paper \ Paper size: 86 x 114cm \ Framed size: 95.5 x 124cm

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Jody Graham

Getting Pinked Poisonous New World Mutant I

2021 \ Cicada shells, aerosol paint, burnt driftwood, perspex box \ 17.5 x 18 x 84cm

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Jody Graham

Getting Pinked Poisonous New World Mutant II

2021 \ Cicada shells, aerosol paint, burnt driftwood, perspex box \ 17.5 x 18 x 84cm

Jody Graham

Getting Pinked – Crimson Rosella

2021 \ Charcoal from 2019/2020 Black Summer bushfires fires, basalt soil, tree sap, ink, acrylic paint and hand stitching on paper \ Paper size: 113cm x 99cm Framed size: 124.5 x 110cm

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Jody Graham

Getting Pinked – Kookaburra

2021 \ Charcoal from 2019/2020 Black Summer bushfires fires, basalt soil, tree sap, ink, acrylic paint and hand stitching on paper

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Jody Graham

Getting Pinked – MAGPIE

2021 \ Charcoal from 2019/2020 Black Summer bushfires fires, basalt soil, tree sap, ink, acrylic paint and hand stitching on paper \ Paper size:113cm x 128cm \ Paper size: 124.5 x 110cm

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Jody Graham

Grass fire I

2021 \ Charcoal from 2019/2020 Black Summer bushfires fires and natural clay earth ochre \ Paper size: 120cm x 114cm \ Framed size: 131 x 124cm

Jody Graham

\ Installation Photo

Jody Graham

\ Installation Photo

Jody Graham

\ Installation Photo

Jody Graham

eye witness

2021 \ Charcoal from Black Summer Australian Bushfires, tree sap, compressed charcoal and ink on paper \ Paper size: 86cm x 114cm \ Framed size: 95.5 x 124cm

Jody Graham

grass fire II

2021 \ Charcoal from 2019/2020 Black Summer bushfires fires and natural clay earth ochre \ Paper size: 120cm x 114cm \ Framed size: 131 x 124cm

Jody Graham

one step closer

2021 \ Charcoal from Black Summer Australian Bushfires, tree sap, compressed charcoal and ink on paper \ Paper size: 114cm x 86cm \ Framed size: 124 x 95.5cm

\ Other exhibitions

Adam Cullen

Ned Kelly, Judges, Divas and other things...

21 September — 9 October 2021

GUARDIAN SPIRIT

Group Exhibition

9 September — 2 October 2021

SMALL WORKS SALON

Group Exhibition

14 August — 28 August 2021

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12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm ONLINE Saturday – closed until further notice Following the latest NSW Government advice in relation to Covid— from Monday 29th June, the Gallery will be operating online only—Monday to Friday 9-5 pm for the duration of the Sydney lockdown All events associated with Paul Ryan (South by Southwest) and Les Rice (Disco Inferno) exhibitions have been postponed. We will keep you advised of any further changes as they arise. COVID Safe Check-in: As part of the Nanda\Hobbs COVID safety plan, all visitors to the gallery must sign in via the Service NSW QR code.