TANYA HARSCH & FABIOLA MARTINEZ
Though considerably different in style and subject matter, the artwork of both Fabiola Martinez and Tanya Harsch elicits a desire for connection—to that of the memories of childhood, a bond with nature or a kinship with history. Approximately 20 new works in total from the artists will hang at Lotton Gallery throughout the month of November.
“Enveloped in a foggy mist, Fabiola Martinez takes you along on her travels in her mysterious and captivating paintings,” says Christina Franzoso, Lotton Gallery director. Martinez’s cityscapes primarily feature buildings and streets from her home in New Brunswick, Canada, where the Mexico-native has lived for 10 years.
Martinez’s Glowing in the Rain is a beautiful piece with reflective streets resembling a still lake and vibrant lights gone fuzzy against the dim grayness of the lowhanging fog. In this series, the artist says she wanted to explore the ways in which rain, fog and mist change the perception of a building or a certain area. “My work is based in the interaction of natural resources,” says Martinez. “I’m very interested to find the connection with people... the paintings are [linked] by moments I was able to take, and my paintings are basically trying to open up connections through architecture and environment.” She adds that she’s interested in capturing the history and soul behind the buildings.
A connection to nature also plays a prominent role in Martinez’s art. A substance created by the female cochineal insect that thrives within dying cacti results in a powder, which Martinez uses in her paintings. The pigment is red, but colors can vary depending on the substances mixed