On the edge

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Kirstin Car­lin’s work sits right on the bound­ary be­tween ab­strac­tion and rep­re­sen­ta­tion. Her paint­ings of woods or flow­ers are recog­nis­able, but the sub­jects seem loose and about to blow away in the wind. She uses just enough brush strokes to con­vey mean­ing, and no more. Each mark she makes is short and lively, done in a thick im­pasto that leaves a lit­tle ridge of paint around the edges. Tree trunks are dashes of red, shad­ows are brown squig­gles, daubs of green cre­ate fo­liage, a sweep of the wrist makes a petal. Colours range from pale to gaudy, but they are al­ways in bal­ance. There is a light­ness and sense of en­ergy, and nods to art his­tory. All this adds up to an iden­ti­fi­able style, some­thing that is hard for an artist to

achieve and main­tain with­out be­com­ing for­mu­laic. Car­lin has a MFA from the pres­ti­gious Glasgow School of Art and ex­hibits both here and over­seas. War­wick Brown

KIRSTIN CAR­LIN Lives in: Auck­land Dealer: Melanie Roger Gallery, Auck­land Price range: $1500–$4000 Next ex­hi­bi­tion: Melanie Roger Gallery, from 7 Novem­ber to 1 De­cem­ber 2018 Work il­lus­trated: Nas­tur­tiums (ten), 2018, oil on board, 38 x 30cm

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