Newcastle Region Art Gallery collection
Before training as a painter Dani Marti spent time in Barcelona learning traditional tapestry techniques. In George 2001 Marti has woven together industrial polymer ropes in fluorescent yellow and orange to create a non representational portrait. In the plaiting and weaving of synthetic fibres we search for evidence of George and are reminded of how often we associate those nearest and dearest with their clothing, its texture and scent. Like a CSI close up, we are invited into a microcosmic and intimate encounter.
Marti’s tactile works are often associated with particular people in the artist’s life and even though they refuse to portray a subject in the manner of conventional portraiture, they emanate with a sense of character and the feel of personality.
Ignorance is strength
Hurlstone Agricultural High School Glenfield
Buddhists identified ignorance as the root of suffering. My artwork explores how ignorance can twist reality, cloud judgement and result in negative emotions. The mass media play a significant role in our society, informing and persuading a wide audience – but the truth is often blanketed by cynicism and ambiguity. It encourages society’s ignorance. It dominates the space, but the blanket itself is fragile: the truth does escape. Each letter reinforces the other, some break away attempting to distinguish themselves. Attachments to the others restricts its meaning, urging resistance from worldly attachments.
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