Silver Arctic by Marta Beltramo, 2017, acrylic painting
My inspiration originates from photos of the Earth’s varied topography, the centuries-evolved indentations and protrusions on and below its surface that enliven and awe. Contemplating the captivating colors and shapes of deltas, rivers, and oceans, I begin to reconstruct the earth’s surface in my mind. This imagined painting must be released from my mind onto the canvas. Mixing the acrylic paints to a liquid consistency, I pour the mixture directly onto the canvas. The streams of color take over, blending with each other and mutating into vibrant new colors and unique shapes. As the paint dries, further transformation of shapes and textures occurs. Since the colors I create possess varying densities, their subsequent collisions create surprising patterns and forms that emerge after they dry. Similar to the merging streams of color and texture, my biochemist background and inner artist synthesize to produce a unique vision of Earth’s natural art.