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contemporary painting, illustration and textile design


paintings, drawings and textiles

painting, drawings, textiles, contemporary art


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Teach me to Sing, 2016

Kirsty Warman

Teach me to Sing, 2016. Acrylic on canvas - 700 x 700 mm

A spool of pink thread is a series of portraits that are deliberately free from traditional realism and the historical conventions of figurative painting.  They explore and interpret an abstract painted thread and mark making; a repeat of pattern, amidst a chaos of colour.

The works, including, I am a part of all that I have met, considers individuals you have been introduced to throughout your life and the impact construed - if any. 

In retrospect, an introduction becomes an impression in time - a memory that can be unpredictable and frivolous in recalling all the nuances of a person’s features. 

These paintings strive to capture an ‘abstract sparkle’ rather than a likeness. There is careful consideration and exploration of one’s semblance, by challenging the idea of an identity which appears absolute, but all the while engaging with the uncertainty of a fickle memory. 

The mark making has become purposely derived from my surrealistic drawing process which runs parallel to my painting practice.  Incessantly, the lines and patterns from within the drawings appear in the painted works allowing the viewer to observe beyond the literal confines reflecting a reconstructed spirit.


a spool of pink thread

exhibition opening 20th february - 2 march 2016

the artist room

2 dowling street, dunedin

+64 3 474 1111