My role as an artist is that of storyteller, and in this role my work has been concerned primarily with reparation and regeneration. I play with environmental and social issues and my work as a bush regenerator informs my art making.
I want to promote the beauty and fragility of our natural areas and their importance for not only humanity but habitat value as well.
I love materials and I love the histories within. Recently I have
been introduced to textiles ,weaving and lacemaking techniques as well as sculpture. Textiles and weaving have a nebulous quality and feminine connotations which lend themselves readily to describing a landscape imbued with uncertainty.. In my more sculptural pieces I bring together different elements and histories that speak about identity. The stairs carry the history of a million footsteps . Materials resonate. and become other, an ever evolving construct working with disparate pasts, repetition, pattern, color, texture and structure of our natural world.
Born in Sydney the artist began studying art at the Seaforth College of TAFE, completing an Art Certificate in 1984, a Bachelor of visual arts in 1986 - 88 at City Art Institute ,Paddington, and is currently undertaking her M Art at COFA Paddington.
Throughout these years the artist has studied bush regeneration and supervision and works in the local bushland. Her art practice parallels her interest in environmentalism.The artist travelled extensively within Australia culminating in an exhibition at Manly Regional Gallery and Museum, traveling to Albury Regional Gallery and the subsequent publication of a book ." Mum Speaking Latin with a singlet Tan.". 2009 Interactive publications.
In 2009-10 The artist with Photographer Sally Mayman, collaborated with the indigenous peoples of the Dampier Peninsula. The subsequent exhibition, "Saltwater Country" became part of the Guringai Festival at Manly Regional Gallery and Museum, 2010, as part of the head- on photographic awards, a slideshow for The Walkly Awards and for the inaugural " Save the Kimberly Campaign" for The Wilderness Society 2011.The artist is currently involved in the production of another Book as a result of this collaboration.
Kentwell has been involved in 10 solo shows,and approx 30 group shows, including finalist for the Portia Geach, The National Woman's Portrait Prize three times at the SH Irvin Gallery in the Rocks , Sydney, and twice selected for an online exhibition for The National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.