Assistant Professor of Visual Art
Raewyn Martyn makes site-responsive paintings composed during attentive occupation of particular spaces. In her delaminated wall paintings, the surface reproduces; layers of paint become unstuck and material. This transformation destabilizes perceived boundaries of architectural space: surface, edge, and ground. These time-based paintings challenge the conventional stability and temporality of the painted surface. In analogy with geologic processes, the peeling results in entropy and reordering of surface relations. As the peeled paint folds back on itself, it becomes an inside-out painting. The delaminated paint can be rearranged in attempts to resist gravity, and for new composition to emerge. These paintings accumulate layers of intuitive and incidental mark making, developed in attunement with a specific site or situation.
Raewyn Martyn grew up in the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand and has a BFA Hons from Massey University School of Fine Arts in Wellington, New Zealand, and an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from VCUArts in Richmond, Virginia. Martyn has exhibited at City Gallery, Wellington, NZ; RAMP Gallery in Waikato, NZ; Whitebox in New York, NY; 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA; Herndon Gallery, Antioch College, OH; Harper College, IL; and The Physics Room in Christchurch, NZ. Martyn is currently a visiting assistant professor of visual art at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.