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See­ing Red

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

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