Rowena Martinich is a Melbourne based artist, renowned for her use of radiant colour in vibrant abstract expressionist paintings. Rowena paints in a multitude of architectural contexts; embellishing foyers, commercial interiors, entire building facades, transitory spaces as well as invigorating residential interiors.
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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.