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Sibling rivalry no issue for artists
By Briony Snedden
The Maitland Mercury
February 2 2005

Lyrical artworks inspired by poetry deep with layers of meaning is the basis of an exhibition by Mulbring siblings Rhiana and Damien Griffith.

The pair teamed up to create Sibling Revelry, a celebration of Mr Griffith's poetry illustrated by the bold colours and sometimes abstract interpretations of Miss Griffith's artworks.

It is the first time the pair have worked together on such a project.

To mark the event, a limited edition book showcasing a selection of the poems and corresponding artworks will be available for purchase from the Tighes Hill Gallery.

A percentage from the sale of each book will be donated to UNICEF's Tsunami Appeal.

Sibling Revelry, which opens tomorrow, is Miss Griffith's second solo exhibition at the Tighes Hill Gallery.

Her first was a sell-out show held last year.

The 19-year-old accomplished actress won acclaim for her exhibition 'A Month in Kaos' in Sydney.

But this will be the first time 24-year-old Mr Griffith has unveiled his poetry to an audience wider than his family.

"It's just about life and experience," Mr Griffith, who works in advertising, said of his work.

"It touches on everything - alcoholism, addiction, travelling, different locations, love."

Mr Griffith said there were "layers of meaning" contained in his writing.

A mini-synopsis of each poem is in the book - but Mr Griffith said readers should look for the "clue in the title" first.

Those layers of meaning provided the fodder for his younger sister's work.

"I've tried to depict the story of the poem and sometimes that produced an illustrative effect," Miss Griffith said.

"But in others I've taken on the theme and tried to represent that, which is a little more abstract."

The siblings promised there would be something to suit everybody's tastes.

"I've worked with a number of mediums and sometimes you wouldn't think the artworks were done by the same artist," Miss Griffith said.

The exhibition will be held at Tighes Hill Gallery from February 3 to February 20.

Sydney-based artist and actor Jon Pollard will officially open Sibling Revelry on Saturday.

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