Jason Rao Sellaiah
Gallery 2 + Boxset
Jason Sellaiah is an artist originally from Malaysia and now resident in Wadeye (Port Keats), NT. His main medium is sculpture, often in stone and wood though he works across a variety of mediums. Jason spent time in New Zealand after first leaving Malaysia. It was in New Zealand that he learnt carving techniques for sculpture. Ancestry is Jason's first solo exhibition in a public contemporary art space; it follows on from his representation in Artmart 2016 (also at NCCA). The exhibition relates to the passing of Jason's father in 2016 (on the same day as David Bowie). Dealing with such a profound loss becomes the artist's trigger to explore the ancestral theme: 'attachment, kinship, creation, genomes, and respect (for) and honour of the dead.'