Land Fabric – March 2021
Dunedin based artist Maria Kemp produces contemporary landscape paintings that speak to the scenery distinct to the inland region of southern New Zealand. The regions of Otago, from the peninsula to central Otago have been the focus of Maria’s landscape paintings for the past several years.
Maria’s work can be identified by the use of simplified regions of colour, like ribbons, which come to portray the layers and contours of landmasses. Kemp’s harmonious palettes seem to shimmer like the light effects seen on the powerful vistas of this area. The works are reminiscent of layers of a weaving or the folds of a tapestry.
Kemp has recently released a new series of paintings where the fabric motif takes to the foreground bringing spirited gestures to her landscapes.