My name is Raewyn Martyn.

You can get in touch by emailing: raewyn.martyn@gmail.com

I make site-responsive paintings composed and recomposed during attentive occupation of sites or situations. These works change over time and challenge the stability and temporality of painted surface, medium, and site. New forms are grafted into the existing site guided by intuition, incident, or psychic and perceptive processes of attunement.

I sometimes think of my interventions or installations as survivalist; not survivalist in a catastrophic sense, but in the sense that the subjective and intersubjective experience they produce survives exposure and absorption into social space. This work also seeks to understand how processes of entropy and empathy are intertwined within phenomenological experience. Our capacity to experience and understand entropy in the processes and ‘others’ around us, is entwined with our ability to deeply observe, and to experience empathy; to understand changes within and outside.

My current research, develops use of biopolymer as painting medium. Cellulose is a plant-derived polymer that can carry pigment, and holds or releases form during hydration, dehydration, and rehydration. Within this cycle it exists in multiple states; liquid, surface, image, and three-dimensional object. Forms or images change as gravity and flow act within drying surfaces. This is includes moments of entropy as the unstable material dries in conflicting layers, pulling itself apart as it shrinks, or responds to atmospheric conditions: light, humidity, heat, and air flow. The processes of entropy are complicated by its ability to reabsorb liquid to become fluid again.


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