"Painting, to me, is an attempt to generate an active space, an environment which can be perceived and responded to through our intellectual and physical faculties, through the sum of our senses. " - Karolina Albricht
Music, syncopation, and rhythm underpin her practice - often working to playlists, the organic line and graphic shapes seen throughout her works mirror the dissonance, and abstraction of the songs she works to.
Albricht intends to create works that are born of a sense of intuition. Recycling studio detritus to create textured surfaces and additions, many of her works straddle both painting and sculpture. Sometimes anthropomorphic, the artist uses shredded jute as ‘hair’; dried paint fragments and aptly named ‘Other Stuff’ (pumice, sand, grit, and calico among other things) to fashion work that escapes the expected boundary of two dimensional painting.
Albricht investigates the relationship between the body and the canvas, for her, paintings allow her to translate the figure. The movement of her body can be observed in the works, both small and large. Smooth colours, jagged lines and nearly recognizable forms overlap each other and create emotional and gestural visual spaces. Her largest canvases are like realms to be entered, dwarfing the body of the viewer as they stand and observe. The smaller works, meanwhile, contort shapes, objects, and reality, creating ‘paintings’ that burst out from their own seams, breaching conventional constraints of the canvas.
16 Branches HighKarolina Albricht 11 March - 8 April 2022Thematically the pieces on show are a continuation of Albricht's investigation of both formal and metaphysical concerns including colour, space, the body, movement, and gesture. The exhibition title comes from the lyrics of Nick Cave and The Bad Seed’s 'Spinning Song'. The phrase ‘16 Branches High’ has been pasted up...Read more