MARIA CONSTANTINESCU
Parallel, Acrylic on canvas, 40 cm x 30 cm, 2018

In my studio practice I investigate how chance and control, time and natural phenomena (gravitation, temperature, air movement, evaporation, etc.) interact with a variety of painting materials to affect and change the outcome of the painting process. I work mainly with acrylic paints and acrylic mediums layered on primed canvas, using techniques inspired by Abstract Expressionist painting, such as energetic brushwork, paint pouring, spattering, spraying, airbrushing, and texturing. Colour theories, colour pigments and the way they are manufactured and used in creative processes are also areas of major interest to me.

While colour blending and the carefully layered aspect of my work are reminiscent of the old masters’ painting techniques, the subject of my paintings is the surface of the canvas, which becomes a world in itself. The importance of visual elements like colour, shape, texture, brushwork, composition and technique take priority over suggestion of figuration or narrative content.

Each of my paintings is created over a period of weeks or months. Colour washes and brushstrokes, gestural action and energetic movement are preserved between layers of polymer medium, creating a visible record of accumulation and change.

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