Upcoming: Open Window at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, May 22 – August 15th

An installation with video made by Jess Charlton https://govettbrewster.com/exhibitions/open-window-raewyn-martyn-with-jess-charlton “For the Open Window on Queen Street, Martyn has created a new work developed from experimentation with industrial fluorescent pigments and plant-based polymers, drawing on her ongoing research into biopolymer materials as alternatives for petrochemical paint products. In other recent work, Martyn has used a range […]

Autumn Sunday

An animation made with editor Jo Sanders, for Ōtepoti Dunedin-based musician and artist William Henry Meung. This work will be released later in Autumn 2021. Developed during September 2018 at Enough Room for Space residency in Drogenbos, near Brussels, as part of their ongoing Uncertainty Scenarios series, the photography happened over the course of an […]

Inside old hard drives #2, 2010-2020

Unsuccessful (and some successful) proposals from 2010-2020. This post is incomplete, I’ll add to it as I come across the old proposals Hirschfeld proposal, Jan 2014  (from emails with the gallery) A delaminated wall work alongside soak-stain oil-skin coats. The soak-stain oil-skin jackets were initially proposed as part of The Obstinate Object (2012), but that […]

Inside old hard drives #1

Amphibian craft, 2005 During the graduating year of my BFA I started having dreams about toads. Toad communities that inhabited these compressed watery spaces, a little like aquariums, but somehow more open. So I made this work where reconfigurable clay toads, made up of smaller clay parts, sat along the window sill, or upon a […]

The Slipping Away, group show at Gus Fisher Gallery, 2019

Climate change heartbreak poems (2006-2013) Cellulose, pigment, seawater Written a decade ago, Raewyn Martyn’s poems conflate shifting consciousness of climate change with experiences of heartbreak.  For The Slipping Away, These poems are realised within the highly sensitive material of cellulose… with thanks to Gus Fisher Gallery and Sam Hartnett for the photographs

Greywacke love poems, 2019

Upcoming: Greywacke love poems: returns, public paintings on Wellington’s South Coast Nov 1st – Nov 17th 2019 During November 2019, Owhiro Bay Quarry beachfront along Whanganui-a-Tara’s south coast is the site of a series of biodegradable paintings that appear and dissolve or melt back into the landscape. The quarry face is exposed from naked colonial […]

Camping paintings, Kahurangi, 2018-2019 (on-going)

During the summer of 2015 I started a series of camping paintings. At each new campsite I will adapt the tent paintings in response to the site. During the first trip, I used a Eureka kitchen tent (c1964) and attached additional pieces of custom-fitted canvas scrim. I camped at Lake Superior Forest Park and North […]