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Mary Martin & Paccha T. Chuji: To Mar or Enroot
9 June – 18 June
To Mar or Enroot: Choosing the Path for Seeding the Pluriverse is an exhibition by emerging artists Mary Martin & Paccha T. Chuji.
About the artists
Mary Martin is a Dublin born visual artist and 2021 Fine Art Graduate of Brighton School of Art. Myth and folklore provide the lens through which she constructs an alternate reality; a heterotopia. Her playful approach to language and interpretation together with her vibrant and surreal compositions belie a serious reflection on the Anthropocene where she presents a future evolutionary state where it is unclear if humanity still exists. Recent shows Gormworm, Tapir Gallery, Berlin (2022), Hu[manned] Mission, Lumen Crypt Gallery, London (2021) and FUSE, Regency Townhouse Gallery, Brighton (2021) show her confidence in paint and print; an exciting emerging artist with her finger on the pulse of a reality in crisis.
Paccha T. Chuji says: “Art is the universal language that can be communicated and interpreted in an infinite number of ways. I find the inspiration of my creative work within everything that shows itself as it is, in the truth, in the essence of the spirit. I like to translate and express what I find alluring, magical and emotional using my subconscious language. I try to express a different but existent viewpoint of what I perceive and feel, rather than trying to portray things in an idealistic way.
Art is a powerful tool that should be used to reflect unlayered realities and as a microphone for those voices that are being constantly silenced and diminished by the system. The same I believe about photography, which allows me to witness and record the magic and tragedy of this world, and to share with others what my instinctual/inner eye sees.“
Wednesday 1 – 6pm
Thursday 1 – 6pm
Friday 1 – 6pm
Saturday 1 – 4pm
Image credits: painting by Mary Martin (left) and digital collage by Paccha T. Chuji (right)
Image description: a composite image of Mary Martin & Paccha T. Chuji’s artwork. On the left a painting by Mary Martin portrays a surreal fishy scene. A large dark brown fish head floats disembodied in the top half of the composition, its open mouth intersecting with the light turquoise outline of a mermaid’s purse that stands in a anthropomorphic fashion in the bottom right. Within the outline of the mermaid’s purse is landscape of earthen tones that differs to the main landscape in the background of the painting. Coming in on the bottom left is another fish head which appears to be emerging from or walking with the body of a mermaid’s purse. The background is made up of loose areas of colour representative of a rocky landscape with a river and cloudy sky. The second part of the composite image is made up of an artwork by Paccha T. Chuji’s, a digital photographic collage. An outstretched hand with red stained finger tips reaches down from the top of the image offering several black round seeds. Radiating out from these seeds are several tracks of light and organic looking forms that swirl around repeatedly to form layers of patterns and movement on top of each other. The background is dark green and blurry but suggests vegetation or organic matter.
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