Local Artist Kristen Johnson – better known around the traps as Chiggy – draws inspiration from the colours and shapes of the Top End’s natural environment in her latest exhibition, Imagine, held in the historic location of Audit House.
After a year of uncertainty and loss, of which many can relate to, her thought processes centred on questioning the unknown, including how much of our imagination we actually use.
Reflecting on the questions Chiggy pondered during these times and mixing them with her own unique imagination, these bright, bold and beautiful artworks hold an element of magic, painted primarily using Chiggy’s preferred medium, acrylic paint.
Having grown up on the Murray River in South Australia, and being based in Darwin since 1997, Chiggy has always taken inspiration from her natural surroundings.
“I feel grounded when I’m around nature, and when I’m out bush,” she says.
“It just creates a special feeling in my heart and soul, I think. You just feel alive.”
Imagine is dedicated to Helen and Gail, two very influential and important women in Chiggy’s life.
WHEN: WHEN FRI 7 – SUN 30 MAY | OPENING FRI 7 MAY, 5PM
Photo: Header & thumbnail – Kristen 'Chiggy' Johnson, 'Mangrove Magic', 2021