Recently I stumbled across Australian artist Martine Emdur and her work just resonated with me. Just as clouds disintegrate and re-form, water is in a constant state of renewal and restless movement. Into this realm Emdur plunges bodies and creates a subterranean theatre where silence replaces time and ambiguity is a constant. Living by the sea, painting the sea and plunging her models into the skin of the water she has endless patience for the gradations and the shifting mutability of water. This work is highly sense based. Her work can make you shiver or melt or feel a very human vulnerability. Emdur says,“ “The scale is key, I want people to stand in front of my paintings and get the feeling of being immersed. And I think about the temperature of the water even more than the light. The temperature is everything in my paintings. I love a warm-blooded body in a cool body of water. I love the light and warmth from the sun streaming through the top of the picture where the body has pierced the surface and then all the shadows give the sensation of the cold, more mysterious water below.” Yep now I’m really craving a summer dip!
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