This month I’m pleased to show you a work from a favourite Australian artist, Aida Tomescu. The work is titled “Argint” and was painted in 2004. Tomescu likes to work in multiple layers, revealing small areas of underlying painting and drawing. Her paintings are complex and rich, ripe with personal meaning and texture. The paint is often applied using her gloved hands and this makes for a tactile surface and a directness of application. Quite often edges also reveal themselves, and that is the case in this painting “Argint“. There are layers of thickly applied oil paint and edges and corners reveal what’s beneath. Tomescu employs large areas of single hue to create an impactful work…one becomes fascinated with the textured quality of such a large surface of single colour. Some people like to refer to Tomescu as a “colourist”, yet she prefers to speak of a much wider collection of pursuits, and says that the painting continually creates it’s own direction as she proceeds. This painting is large, 184x139cm. It is something that I can “dive” into, and feel a relationship with colour, light and texture.
“Argint” by Aida Tomescu Photographed by Jenni Carter
Just had to post these colourful images of jellyfish! I photographed these at Underwaterworld,Mooloolaba, Queensland yesterday, and am surprised how beautiful they look, under changing lights. There a few different species here, but all are amazing and delicate in appearance. I may even create some artworks using the pics as a basis for ideas.
Been working on a couple of collages, and have completed them. One I started a few weeks ago, “Citified”, and the second one I made in two days last weekend, “Inner world, Underworld”. “Citified” followed an idea of City that I wanted to explore, but I’m liking “Inner world, Underworld” most as I created it with the intention of being purely intuitive in my selection and placement of the photo images. It seems to express deep parts of my psyche, and on completion I felt very satisfied, as if something hidden had been revealed. Symbolssuch as an eagle, spider, gardens, a chair, flowers, a fan, a heart, deep and shallow water etc. emerged from my selection and I placed them in pleasing yet random ways. These symbols have often appeared in my dreams and I’m quite familiar with them, but still surprised me when I chose to cut them out. Colour and texture in the images initially attracted me. This way of working with collage is sometimes called “self-mirroring” and is designed to bring forth repressed or unseen aspects of our being. We can then reflect on this and learn something of ourselves in the process. This inner process can take a few weeks to emerge but will often reveal a kind of teaching. I enjoy this type of artistic creativity and pursue it with my abstractions, allowing them to be really spontaneous and unconstructed. No pre-planning allowed!