Over the past 15 years, Eveline Kotai's interest in material dissolution and regeneration has culminated in the practice and process of cutting up and reworking her own paintings into new works.
Her unique technique of reconfiguring pre-existing works into new compositions via invisible thread, and onto new surfaces, echoes a world in perpetual motion, transition and continuation. Like a computer program trying to repair itself or a human mind trying to get to know itself, new paths are found, new solutions forged.
This method provides Kotai with, not only a never-ending source of new beginnings, but also an important meditative practice, a kind of breathing pattern, through the action of cutting and stitching her canvasses anew. The exhibition will include new and recent work with the variety of media including canvas reconstructions and paintings.
WA Now – Eveline Kotai: Breathing Pattern forms part of the WA Now series dedicated to showcasing work by practising WA artists. To complement the exhibition, AGWA is hosting a series of events including a free artist talk on Saturday 14 September.
Image credit - Eveline Kotai Breathing Pattern #3 2019. Acrylic on ply, 120.7 x 270 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Art Collective WA.