Escarpment Series – Kaitiaki
These works are exploring the nature of abstraction whilst striving to maintain access to the subject; the bush. The combination of the large gestural marks and bold use of colour leads you on a journey through the trees whilst still exploring the nature of the medium.
This series was inspired by a walk along the escarpment track between Pukerua Bay and Paekakareki. Walking along that stunning but barren cliffside track only to plunge into the cool darkness offered by the groves of kohekohe was such a wonderful relief and surprise. The trees branches are all reaching in one direction buffered by the strong winds, letting only fragments of filtered light through their leaves. This small grove of trees acts as a stark reminder of our responsibility as Kaitiaki of our land and environment. The life supported by this grove of trees and protection they offer the ecosystem within them points to our role in restoring and protecting our environment.
Alicja is a local artist who is responding to a sense of atmosphere and play of light across the landscape with her expressive oil paintings. Capturing those moments of delight at the way the light dances across the landscape. The combination of the large gestural marks and bold use of colour leads you on a journey into the landscape whilst still exploring the nature of the medium. Handling the paint, the selection and laying it on, a cumulation of single marks which coalesce into a whole.
Working on large mural like unstretched canvas allows for a freedom of mark making that would otherwise be hindered by allowing more pressure to be applied to the canvas. This allows for marks to be drawn as well as painted
Alicja often works within a series, starting with a reference point. She then works to capture the essence of the landscape and the feelings it engenders in her, particularly the way the light affects the environment. “Working within a series becomes a cohesive story for me as the artist on a journey and hopefully also for the viewer. It provides a framework to my focus attention.”
As one series is completed Alicja finds it leads on to the next series of paintings, taking her new learnings into the next body of work. This way Alicja sees her painting growing and developing all the time. “One series becomes a warm-up for the personal development going into the next works.”
Alicja has studied drawing and painting informally in London and New Zealand.
Winner Jane Hyde Painting Award 2018 – Friends of Pataka
Winner of Peoples Choice Awards 2017 – Friends of Pataka