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Exhibition runs from 6pm 18th September – 3pm 1st of October 2015.

Jinari Mountain is a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in painting, drawing and multi-media installations. She has exhibited and sold work internationally, and has worked with public and private clients as an Art Therapist, as an independent curator and a facilitator of community art events. I know You Myth Me, is a collection of acrylic paintings which seeks to draw the viewer into the multilayered world of mythology; where the artists' own dreams interact with traditional stories, fantasy, and true life adventures. While mythology is often thought of as belonging to that other or unreal realm, Jinari invites us to consider the pervasive importance of stories; how they shape what we see and therefore, how we interact with and create the world. How I relate to you, and you to me is always through the filter of the stories we know. We see everything through the myths we believe in; from the fairy tales we grow up with, the ancient folk tales of our genetic inheritance, the daily 'news' presented to us by mass media corporations, and our own personal narratives about who we think we are. The stories we know, or do not know, define us and all we relate to. Unconscious, we are easily lead and follow the narrative scripted by another's pen. Consciously, we question the narrative, we question the narrator, we look for vested interest, concealed spin doctors and intended outcomes; and we strive to make the stories we want. For me painting is a way of exploring alternate narratives. In my research I draw on cultural understandings, practices and symbols of diverse ethnic groups; looking regularly for the teachings and images that survive time and change, and for those which are common to all. I seek to highlight ways in which we are united through commonalities of our past, and to explore pathways for relating into the future. I am deeply grateful to have spent time in ceremony with Narrinjirri, Raminjerri, Yorta-Yorta and Nyampa Aboriginal Australians, and in America with Lakota, Navajo, Ojibwa and Inupiat people. I also draw upon my own Celtic-Hungarian-Polynesian ancestry. I am very interested how we narrate the Australian landscape, especially in respect to the Aboriginal people who have lived with the stories of this land guiding and shaping their culture for thousands of years. European new-comers must begin to engage with these stories if the next chapters of our collective life here are going to be good ones. The references you see in my paintings to Aboriginal culture, are not however, "stolen" stories; they are not my telling of any particular Aboriginal Myth. Rather they are depictions of my own experiences and dreams while I have been working with Aboriginal people.

These paintings are my stories, but they are also your stories, as the personal is transpersonal the stories are universal. They have intended, accidental, subjective, objective, shallow, deep, multiple, ancient, regurgitated, and modern meanings. May you enjoy the adventure. I would like to give special thanks to the muses, all highly inspiring and creative people, who modelled for works in this show. In order of appearance: Allis Hamilton, Helene Athanasiadis, Carmela Leone and Oliver Hugh Perry.