2023 “Marking Time” Solo Exhibiton
In this new body of work titled "Marking Time" I revisit through my paintings, a life changing journey to the other side of the world. Nearly 30 years ago I made my way to Greece & Turkey. This was a journey about reconnection, self-discovery, and honoured promises. Both Santorini & Istanbul are still so profoundly engraved in my mind, the experience of the two places are strong reference points in my life. This body of work captures this sense of place, memory and those moments in time.
The Santorini paintings explore the dry white heat and immediate coolness of sharp shadows – the brilliance of a glimpse of sky and indigo sea viewed from the low lit cave house walls. Rest and solitude are explored in the palette, composition and mark making of these works.
Artwork exhibited in the Railway Street Studios solo exhibition called Marking Time in 2023
Posted on Railway Street Studios by Erin O'Malley on September 13, 2023
There has been a shift for Tina Frantzen in this body of work. Frantzen has always painted intuitively, her process always makes room for the unknown, but instead of her familiar emerging figures Frantzen has allowed memory room to explore the light and sense of two places, Santorini and Istanbul. Using pastels, charcoal, paint and inks Frantzen explores the recognisable architecture - the curved roofs, ascending minarets and captures the atmospheric quality of each place. Hazy heat emanates from her small Istanbul pieces while cool sharp surfaces rest on her Santorini canvases. Each work represents a pivotal point in time for Frantzen.