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Artist: Lee-Anne Trewartha

January 16, 2010 1 comment

Artist Statement

Inspired predominately by the Baroque period, my work is an expression and reinterpretation of the historical image within the context of contemporary art practices; primarily focusing on the portrayal of emotions, and the passions of the soul, through gesture and expression. Whether an anguished face, a hand pressed to the breast, a face filled with joy, rapture or love, or a sublime landscape these images evoke an emotive response. Through my interpretation of these works I aim to project my images beyond the normal boundaries into a world of excess, where the body becomes the expression and the sensation; writhing with torment, sexual tension, spiritual ecstasy or the pain of martyrdom. I attempt to address disclosure of a concealed truth; making the invisible visible. Within my work I aim to create an atmosphere where violence and serenity meet, light and contrast become every bit as powerful as form, where shadows create pools of drama and unease; and where the mark of the artist portrays the essence and being of the emotion being portrayed. In my work, figures and faces respond and react to unseen emotional triggers, often the subjects are not the main focus of the work, but instead witnesses of something greater, poised on a spiritual, liminal threshold of heightened perception and intensity within an ambiguous narrative.

Lee-Anne Trewartha
January 2009
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Computationnal neo-baroque / Projects by Tobias Klein and Jordan Hodgson

January 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Is anyone familiar by the amazing architectural projects by Tobias Klein and Jordan Hodgson.

“However, some people succeeds to design ornaments as fully part of the narration expressed by a project. Computation allows them then to populate a structure with an expressive ornamentation that register the resulting architecture in what we could call neo-baroque. Architecture becomes thus a materialized surrounding narration and computer seems essential to have a global and local control of the project (capitalism not allowing the construction to take as much time as it used to do in the 17th century during the baroque era).
Tobias Klein, former student at the Bartlett and now teaching at the Royal College of Arts, the Architectural Association and one of the founders of an experimental design group called horhizon, is one of this rare people. His two projects, Synthetic Syncretism and Contour Embodiment and the project developed by one of his student, Jordan Hodgson at the RCA are examples of fascinating narrations embodied by their neo-baroque architecture.” From Boiteauoutils, 31/12/2009. Read the entire article here: