11- 30 September 2012
Opening Tuesday 11 September, 6-8pm
Exhibition to be opened by Marco Luccio
Anita Iacovella’s show Numinosity includes a selection of large and small-scale prints made with a monotype process, a procedure that yields only a single impression from each plate. Merging traditional and contemporary approaches to printmaking, Anita has worked with copper plates to create these monotypes and Intaglio prints.
As a visual artist, Anita is sensitively attuned to the natural world and the impact it makes on her at an internal and spiritual (psychic) level The title of this exhibition Numinosity is a term that comes from the word numen - refering to a spirit presiding over an object or place, a guiding principle, force or spirit. This principle is applied as a general term in describing the state at which the artist arrives at in creating these works.
Her images are informed by memory and meditation, forming part of her approach and development of these atmospheric monotype prints. These works explore issues of the sublime, memory, atmosphere, light and history through various representations of landscape, space and nature.
The surface of the work expresses an urgency of recording marks as a visual language one she uses as an unconscious dialogue of psycho-activity. Her quasi-automatic approach captures the unique essence of the human hand and mind at one moment drawing on the past and present influences.
Anita’s subtractive technique of mark-making and drawing on the rolled out inked surface is critical to the process in order to reveal light, space and form.
There is also a projection of marks particular to the process: brayer and roller traces including the line formed by the use of card (edge) scrapped through the ink surface, the use of cloth and tarlatan to wipe and daub into the rolled out ink.
This range of marks constitutes the formation of these prints, infected by the individual touché. Her use (action) of subtracting ink from the copper plate surface also reveals her internal and expressive journey; one that communicates memory of past complex spaces we encountered and inhabit and its mystical effect on us.
Within these dramatic monochrome landscapes prints, we begin to see where abstraction meets figuration one of deciphering between gestured marks, blurred boundaries of light, dark and a distinctively transparent cloud like haze that moves the viewers eye upward from the energetically marked foreground to a calm hovering state. This makes reference to her numinous spiritual state of being at that moment of creating these works.
Anita’s aim is to expand or re-visualise ways of seeing nature and the inner connections that are felt and experienced in life; by placing them within a contemporary visual context.
Anita Iacovella has a long history of exhibiting in solo and group shows both in Australia and overseas.