Eveline Kotai: Infinite Threads
Opening: Wednesday 8 August, 6 - 8 pm
Exhibition Dates: 8 August - 8 September 2012
Eveline Kotai will be present at the opening.
After the participation in many group exhibition at the gallery and in international art fairs in Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul, Conny Dietzschold Gallery
is delighted to announce the first solo exhibition with recent works by Eveline Kotai, a Perth based artist.
After three decades as an artist, Kotai cites the inspiration behind her freshest work as a fascination with the ‘continued exploration of cause and effect’.
Her art practice is inspired by nature and her interest in Buddhist Philosophy. Her approach is influenced by the American Grand Dame of minimal art
Agnes Martin and the intricate and humorous paintings by German/Swiss expressionist Paul Klee.
The recent works showcasing a whole new meaning to the concept of recycled art.
The intricately patterned images, the result of two year’s work, are delicately stitched collages that employ Kotai’s earlier works by them a new life. Each
artwork is made from her existing paintings, which she has cut into strips or rectangles and reconfigured them into new images by stitching the shapes
onto canvas or linen, using a sewing machine and transparent nylon thread.
‘I might then enhance this process by masking areas with liquid latex and adding another colour, or by stitching fragments onto another image and
incorporating that into the new one,’ said the artist.
The recycling concept began when the trimming from her pre stretched paintings ignited in her a fascination with the jewel-like fragments that fell to the
floor. These scraps ‘seemed to contain a DNA and would determine and direct future formations’. The process has spread to further cutting up of her
paintings and has triggered experimentation with sequencing of application, underpinning Kotai’s ongoing curiosity in patterns that unfurl naturally.
This recent body of work integrates all of these elements into a series of richly textured and evocative contemporary abstracts. Kotai quotes “I hope the
audience will walk away with a curiosity about my methods, but also a new way of pondering the question of the impermanent nature of all things.’
Please visit the exhibition online