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Transitions Painting

Shelly Pamensky

United Kingdom

Painting, Airbrush on linen

Size: 31.5 W x 31.5 H x 1.4 D in

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A glitter weave involves the making of two paintings: one to be destroyed and another to be reconstructed. First I create an entire particle-laden colour field painting, only to remove it from its bars, cut it into strips and then reconstruct it into a weave, which is then bonded and wrapped around another linen canvas. The strips colours are carefully assembled in mathematically numbered sequences to produce a painting with shifts in hue, maintaining the same tone throughout. There is no focal point, but an even surface which exudes a lot of calm energy. This process-intensive painting is non-representational and forgoes all suggestion of figuration. It appears abstracted and geometric, yet it seeks to champion the making of non traditional art. Here glitter, glue and weaving traditionally within the realm of crafts are incorporated in the painting, thus subverting ideas of what can be accepted in a work of art. The physicality of this process flies in the face of an increasingly digital art age.

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Painting:Airbrush on linen

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:31.5 W x 31.5 H x 1.4 D in

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Shelly is a visual artist, raised in South Africa, of Israeli origin and now working from her studio in North London. She completed a Law degree in South Africa and is a self taught artist who turned her attention to painting after a career in the City of London, alongside having 3 children. Her shimmering paired back colour field paintings explore a process of mixing unconventional materials together to create a surface where glitter, paint and pigment particles coalesce to incantatory effect. In fusing colour and reflective particles on the canvas the artist is reminded of her move from South Africa to London and the deep impact a change in light and colours had on her emotional state. Her paintings aim to capture the powerful emotive qualities of colour. The aesthetic experience is one where the paintings are devoid of figurative content. The paired back colour delivers a portal to at once loose and find oneself. The viewer looks, there is nothing to see but a shimmering colour field, so the focus shifts internally to experience how it feels. Reducing the work to colour, materiality, and light opened the artist up to new ideas and ways of thinking about making. She experimented with tools such as airbrush, spray guns, flake guns and a variety of fabrics and developed an approach where thin veils of colour are lightly sprayed over the prepared substrate. As the spray hits the ground, the colour fuses with the glittering particles beneath and the surface is transformed into a bed of colour, light and shine. Some paintings are embellished with emojis. The language of emojis is like that of colours; they both communicate without words. Other paintings are transformed into a woven version of themselves. Initially the idea of the weave arose out of the desire to repurpose paintings with flawed surfaces and the impetus to take ideas further which is embedded in her practice as a self taught artist.

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