<i>Open Window: Raewyn Martyn with Jess Charlton</i>, development image, 2020.

Open Window: Raewyn Martyn with Jess Charlton, development image, 2020.


22 May — 15 Aug 2021

Raewyn Martyn with Jess Charlton: Paint over, use again

View a new commission by Raewyn Martyn in the Open Window Gallery on Queen Street, New Plymouth.

Raewyn Martyn creates site-specific and site-responsive paintings that change over time, and challenge the conventional stability and temporality of painting as an artistic practice.

For the Open Window on Queen Street, Martyn has created a new work developed from experimentation with industrial fluorescent pigments and plant-based polymers, drawing on her ongoing research into biopolymer materials as alternatives for petrochemical paint products.

In other recent work, Martyn has used a range of mineral and plant-based pigments and polymers. Reaching back through geological time and her own family histories, Martyn’s work examines how the cycles and systems of the human and natural worlds intertwine and diffract. The plasticity of complex relationships between people, human–made materials and the environment is described by the stages of transformation and animation which the painting will undergo as the exhibition progresses.

Drawing and forging from images and texts by Martyn’s grandmother – who was also a painter – Martyn and Jess Charlton have made a film work which is projected onto the painted installation. Pushing into the four-dimensional space between painting and moving image, and engaging the historical relationship between cellulose and celluloid, the film gives presence to the intimate connections between human and material processes.  


Raewyn Martyn is an artist living in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. She works in attentive occupation of sites and situations to produce works that change over time, challenging stability and temporality of painted surface, medium, and site. Surface often transforms into material, decomposing, reconfiguring and reproducing. Raewyn has an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from VCUArts, VA. and was visiting assistant professor at Antioch College OH, and a researcher at Jan van Eyck Academy in NL. She is a PhD candidate at Massey University College of Creative Arts.

Jess Charlton is a cinematographer and moving image artist living in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. She has worked as cinematographer on documentaries such as Loimata, The Sweetest Tears which recently won the Grand Prix de jury at FIFO - Festival International du Film Documentaire Océanien. She collaborated with art collective Flatform in Tuvalu on the art film That Which is to Come is just a Promise, which screened in the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes as well as the Art Shorts programme in the NZ International Film Festival. Jess has a BFA in photomedia from Massey University, and a Graduate Diploma in film from Victoria University of Wellington, where she currently holds a position as a teaching fellow.