Mixed Media, Fijan Vau, Cotton Cord, and Molded Acrylic
17 x 17 in
43 x 43 cm
The sculptural abstract paintings of New Zealand artist Claudia Jowitt are mesmerizing in detail and subtle application of pastel color. Expressive gestures with lilting rhythms are captured as testimony to abundance and generosity. Such confections with their floating, delectable multitudes can only invite enjoyment. Jowitt creates her eccentric textured paintings with a variety of cake-icing sets, spatulas, and other kitchen implements. Jowitt's process upends traditional concepts of femininity and art practice as she challenges the boundaries of fine art canon through her use of seemingly ordinary kitchen tools.
This one-of-a-kind 17 inch square artwork is a textured abstract composition on canvas by New Zealand artist Claudia Jowitt. "Ilakolako" in the title is Fijian for 'trip' or 'voyage'. This artwork is signed on the back of the panel. It is wired and ready to hang. This highly textured painting has a depth of 2.5 inches and does not need to be framed. Free local Los Angeles area delivery. Affordable Continental U.S. and worldwide shipping is available. Provenance: Artplex Gallery. A certificate of authenticity issued by the art gallery is included with this unique work.
A variety of techniques are utilized by Jowitt to create such works. Aside from an achingly delicate and subtle palette, an eccentric application is employed. Jowitt uses Vau, a native fibrous material made from Hibiscus bark. Acrylic and oils are not only applied with a brush; they are manipulated with cake-icing sets, spatulas, tile-grouting combs, and an expanse of other kitchen implements. The result of her process is painting as sculpture: pastel forms assert themselves, thrusting forth from their substrates. An intricate filigree is formed in delicate and bewildering web of paint. Cloud-like shapes fan outwards; their growth patterns forming intimate landscapes.
Claudia Jowitt earned her MFA from the University of Auckland's Elam School of Fine Arts. Jowitt has exhibited widely in New Zealand. She is featured in Art Forum New Zealand and has been gaining international attention for her intimate, yet audaciously textured work. Her work is held in public and private collections and is exhibited internationally.
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New Zealand artist Claudia Jowitt’s sculptural paintings are mesmerizing in detail and subtle application of color. There are whites that become roseate, lemon yellow, mauve, pistachio green, recalling spun-sugar, marshmallows or sorbets fit for the tables of Versailles.
Jowitt uses a variety of techniques to create her works. Aside from an achingly delicate and subtle palette, the application of the materials is unique. Acrylic and oils are not only applied with a brush, they are manipulated with cake-icing sets, spatulas, tile-grouting combs, and an expanse of other kitchen implements.
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