acrylic on knitted polyester framed in aluminium
120 x 200cm
Courtesy of the artist
Matt Arbuckle is an Aotearoa/New Zealand-born artist living and working in Naarm/Melbourne. Arbuckle has a BFA from Unitec Institute of Technology, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland (2009), Arbuckle's practice is a process-driven exploration of place, representing landscapes that are conceptualised through their very making. Through an experimental practice that favours process over outcome, Arbuckle uses elements of traditional Japanese shibori dying techniques to create abstract compositions by wrapping, twisting, folding and draping the fabric over found surfaces and structures. The resulting paintings use depth and movement to trace and reveal abstract memories, imprinting the experience of place into the artwork.
'Groundwater emphasises the capacity of fabric to carry an atmosphere. Through a process-driven exploration of place, it represents landscape that has been conceptualised through its making. Thework has been created as a composition of stains and markings, attained by wrapping and folding. The control of fabric into various configurations absorbs markings from the process. Theresultant work is like an imprint of experience, carrying the stains of supports and creases of time. Landscape has emerged through introspection, revealing memories and emulating an essence of depth and movement that is akin to a blueprint of the mind, emotion and of place.'
This artwork will be on display in the 2023 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize Finalist Exhibition from Saturday 25 November 2023 until Sunday 18 February 2024.
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