Artist's Statement | Marcella Kaspar
There is an obsession in my work with the ephemeral nature of flowers and how they reflect the
transient nature of life. There is also a constant fascination with the transparency of water, and the
play of light, colour, temperature and atmosphere that makes up the subject.
The paintings are a study of complex tonal variations with the emphasis on colour relationships, the
study of changeability, and delicate nuances of colour.
The aim is to imbue energy & emotion into the subject through the 17th century Old Masters
techniquesof layering paint, inviting the viewer into an exotic cocoon switching the focus onto
beauty, stillness and meditation. There are layered meanings associated with meditation topography.
The works represent a ‘dialogue’ with our surroundings; silent observant language. Images that
dance with emotions reflect upon life and the abundance that surrounds us.
Being traditionally trained artists; having studied the techniques and principles of European Old
Masters, the layering plays an important role in the creative process. The works are oils on linen and
focus on the beauty and repetition in nature– freezing and imprisoning concentrating on refining and
perceiving light and dark through opaque layering and transparent glazing. The paintings are
tapestries of colour and tonal studies with the subjects often jutting out of the dark spaces.
The flower, especially the Peonies; has long been a historic favourite imbued in symbolism of
abundance, or riches and honour, female beauty and springtime. It also symbolises sensuality and
the transient nature of life.
The gold fish represent Luck, Abundance, Fertility and personal freedom… combined with water
giving glimpses into other worlds below as well as reflecting nature above. The layering effect is not
only literal… there are many layers of hidden meanings and beliefs.
The ocean represents cleansing, non static ( reminding us of constant change & freedom)… a floating
web of emotions.
The subjects I choose are not necessarily place related, but aim to transcend cultures symbolically
important in our lives. There is often a spiritual tone on the decorative surface, yet the images often
delve into the human psyche and explore the archetypes that form our understanding of nature, both
the familiar and how we may immerse ourselves into the vast expanses of the universe.
Beneath the layers of colour glazes are hidden secrets of sensuality.