The story about the artist Paula Braconnot begins with an alchemical formula: VITRIOL. More than a mere acid, VITRIOL represents an inner evolution, a permanent transformation, a wandering metamorphosis. The images created by Paula Braconnot are born from this internal exploration, at the crossroads between the material and invisible realms. The artist composes virtual collages using remnants of bygone times: alchemical engravings, anatomical diagrams, and nineteenth century depictions of flora and fauna. This confrontation gives birth to characters adulterated by mechanisms, hybrid beings and organs cultivated amongst foliage. Eyes blossom over hands; hearts and flowers open as doors of perception. Braconnot’s visions are glimpses of a perilous path. As in Alice in Wonderland, where a little girl is confronted by her fears and hopes, the artist portrays visions that would normally be confined to dreams. The collages act as conduits, allowing precise themes such as Time, the cold beauty of Death and irrepressible Life to come to the fore - Themes that have been enthusiastically received during exhibitions in Europe (London & Paris) and Brazil (Sao Paulo) (text by Brice Kowalsky) Please follow artist’s Tumblr or visit her online shop for more works.
A Sense of Purpose. Oil on canvas, 167x112cm (2011)
Connections. Oil on canvas, 167x112cm (2011)
Lesley Oldaker explores the transient nature, purpose and interconnecting relationships of random moving figurative groupings and their interaction with the space around them. Expressing a personal response to co-occupying the space communicates a sense of displacement and a question of belonging and relevance within that space. The work originates from drawing, photographic and printing studies, which enables the abstraction of the essence of form, space and colour for the paintings. Initial washes of inks and acrylics create the sense of structure, negative space and perspective. Oil paint, the main medium, communicates more desirably the sense of continual movement and fluidity of the form within the work. Painterly mark making, limited colour pallet and a large canvas enhances the suggestion of mood and place, creating a more engaging visual experience and encourages the viewer to explore further, the form and space of the painting. Please visit artist’s website or follow her Tumblr for more work.