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JUSTINE FORMENTELLI

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My practice focuses on the oscillation between construction and dissolution to reveal the rare moments when new possibilities emerge.

Drawing on the visual language employed within Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and calligraphy, I create arrangements of mostly abstract fragments, gestures and recurring shapes that have come to form the basis of a personal visual vocabulary.

Focusing on the spatial relationship between fragments and on their precarious equilibrium, I set up chain reactions of events waiting to happen. The loosely distributed elements allude to a prospective new order, whether they are coming together to form an original agglomeration or are about to be dispersed into disarray.

This dichotomy between order and disorder in my paintings reflects the inherent tension between our need for structure, stability and meaning on one hand and a world in a permanent state of flux with increasingly fewer beliefs on the other.

By painting elements in motion within a contained shape, my intention is to highlight an eventful place of emergence and a pivotal moment in time where different factors converge towards a new potential . These rare windows of opportunity or events open the way to renewed possibilities and hope.

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  • Happy new year
    Acrylic on paper
    2019

  • Lit within
    Acrylic and graphite on paper
    2019

  • Today's window
    Acrylic on paper
    2019

  • Green doorway
    Acrylic on paper
    2019

  • Geological stage
    Ink and acrylic on paper
    2019

  • Repository of ghosts
    Acrylic on paper
    2019

  • Language study II
    Acrylic on paper
    2017

  • Language study I
    Acrylic on paper
    2017

  • Appearance and disappearance
    Acrylic on paper
    2017

  • Rickety study
    Mixed media on paper
    2017

  • Teetering stack study
    Acrylic and watercolour on paper
    2018

  • Traineau study
    Acrylic and pencil on paper
    2017

  • Crossing study
    Acrylic and pencil on paper
    2017

  • To and fro and back again study
    Acrylic on paper
    2017

  • Equilibrium I
    Acrylic on paper
    2017

  • Equilibrium II
    Acrylic on paper
    2017

  • Framed
    Acrylic and pencil on paper
    2017

  • Fedex Box
    Acrylic and pencil on paper
    2017

  • Roots and wings study I
    Mixed media on paper
    2017

  • Roots and wings study II
    Mixed media on paper
    2017

  • After Hodgkin
    Acrylic on paper
    2017

  • Hard Boiled Wonderland
    Mixed media on paper
    2017

  • Fluttering
    Mixed media on paper
    2017

  • Floating interior study
    Acrylic on paper
    2017

  • Calligraphy Facade
    Acrylic on paper
    2017

2019 PAINTINGS

Friday island

2018 PAINTINGS

Polyptich 3

DEGREE SHOW

The brouhaha underneath

2017 PAINTINGS

Before dust and ashes

SKETCHBOOKS

Fluttering

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