5 – 9 December 2019
Exhibition opening 6 December
For Katya Petetskaya it is important to approach her paintings without a preconceived idea, just with an urge to make a mark.
“This is my search into new (to me) forms of knowledge via the painting medium. I use traditional materials as a painting and support base to stay within the painting language but I do not approach them as ‘known’ to me through my previous experiences or learnt techniques. I attempt to re-establish qualities of these materials as they are, on their own terms, outside of my expectations. I wait for propositions from the materials and I respond. The image appears but I delay its ‘interpretation’ in order to give a chance to newer forms to emerge that are not immediately known or familiar to me.”
Paintings are built on repetition of a limited number of brush mark movements, carefully researched through exercises using performance art techniques. Mountain mist has inspired Petetskaya to further explore the boundaries between the figurative and abstract.
‘In Other Places’ explores the artist’s personal space which inhabits not only physical locations but also mentally constructed places. Elements from time spent in Russia, remote areas of Australia, the Blue Mountains and Panama, appear alongside subterranean worlds, prehistoric landscapes, utopias, extra-terrestrial civilisations and the like. Come and explore the connections that emerge from this body of work.
Join us for the opening celebration of ‘In Other Places’ in the main gallery at Platform Gallery at 5.30pm on Friday 6 December 2019.
And again for a tea ceremony at 3pm on Saturday 7 December.