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A series of mixed media works. combining painting and ink with collaged watercolour figures. The works use humour to explore ideas of navigating a world that is unstable and in constant flux. Collaged figures inhabit a space of geometric objects and lines, the colour scheme references natural elements, air, earth and the sea but which has been abstracted into yellow fields, voids of blue and  textured space suggestive of rock, an oil-like sludge. The figures appear as faces, two dimensional profiles facing forward, occasionally staring back at the viewer, inviting them in. The heads move through the space like fish, disembodied, buoyed amongst the landscape, busy, searching, examining the world and their prehistoric ancestors. Distracted by bright fields, and amorphous spaces the figures move from one curiosity to the next, caught in an endless loop.

Unexpected Encounters in the Desert

I have finished another semester at TAFE. I particularly enjoyed my printmaking course, this time learning both intaglio and relief printmaking techniques. The print above has been created using a metal etching technique. A metal plate is coated with bitumen, then a design is scratched into it to and the plate is placed in acid. The acid eats into the exposed metal where the bitumen has been scratched away, thus etching lines. Larger tonal surfaces can be achieved by a similar technique of painting bitumen onto the plate. To create the print, ink is rubbed into the plate and it is then placed facing upwards on the press, with wet paper placed over it, before running it through the printing press. This technique is known as “intaglio” printmaking.

Lost and Found | An Exhibition by Carolina Arsenii Carolina Arsenii’s solo exhibition Lost and Found presents a series of aporias encountered by figures in contradictory spaces. Through composition, colour and pattern, the works create an internal dialogue between characters, objects and landscapes. The figures that populate the landscapes at times appear in multiplicities, at times oblivious to phenomena outside of their sphere and their subconscious discourse with it, at times to their own agency. Landscapes are strewn with precious objects, fabulous plants, an idealised yet sinister space, often watched over by familiar edifices. Works within Lost and Found seek to explore different aspects of interconnectedness between self and world, and hence the complexity of the situations in which these figures seem to find themselves. All are most welcome to my upcoming exhibition, which is open to the public. Opening Night: Friday 23 June 2017, 6:30pm Opening Times: Saturday 24 June 2017 – Thursday 29 June 2017 (11am – 6pm) Location: City Arts Space, cnr James and Lake Street under… Read More »

I warmly invite you to my upcoming exhibition…

  DISSECTIONS An exhibition of Drawings and Paintings by Carolina Arsenii. OPENING NIGHT 1 February 2016 at 6PM THE BIRD 181 William St, Northbridge, Western Australia 6003