Rowena Martinich, Flux


“The process of making the paintings in Flux requires a kind of dance. A series of extensions, bends, twists and delicate steps as I transition across the canvas that is laden on the floor. My arms, legs, torso and hands all co-ordinate to glide large brushes across the surface. I pre-empt my moves as I have practiced over and over prior to this performance. These paintings hold the tension and the balance and the lightness of movement.

Vibrant colours radiate against each other, lines of spray interlace, soft translucent layers build, and fluid paint pirouettes together creating rippled blends across the surface of the work. Bold strokes and coloured splatters allow for solid colour to hold its presence in an otherwise complex construction of expressionism.”Rowena Martinich continues to push the boundaries within the public and private art sectors, transforming once ordinary spaces into luscious colour-scapes. In the studio she is driven by process. Her paintings are constantly shifting and evolving, building on each other to reflect a particular interest in the technical capacity of paint, each particular body of work displaying a curiosity in the application of fluid layers. Informed by years of painting experience Martinich works intuitively to create seemingly spontaneous and playful yet balanced compositions; rich in luminous colour and gesture. This studio practice directly informs Martinich’s work in the public realm – scale being the shifting factor. For her, moving beyond the private interior of the artist’s studio, to connect with others though her practice is where her work functions on its highest level.

Flux runs until June 6.

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Install images by Carli Wilson Photography.