Tamara Mendels' mark-making process involves an accumulation of acrylic paint and resin layers that are constructed then completely deconstructed with a white blanket of enamel paint, revealing an isolated gestural marking on the picture plane. Seemingly simple paintings offer an intricate and complex space for thought and contemplation.
Tamara colloquially calls her process "the pour", or the moment the fluid epoxy resin is released "with epoxy resin you lose direct control once the fluidity of the medium takes over. I only have about ten minutes to work with, before it begins to harden and set. The vessel determines the amount of epoxy that is poured out and how quickly it interacts with the canvas contributing the the eventual outcome of the painting, which I am left to contemplate for several months as the medium dries."
Master Fine Arts (Painting), Sydney College of The Arts
Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours Class 1), Sydney College of the Arts
Exhibition: "White Out", Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba
Exhibition: "Alchemical Spills", Vandal Gallery Sydney
The Other Art Fair Sydney
Exhibition: "Flow" Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York
Fauvette Loureiro Traveling Scholarshop, The Sydney College of The Arts
Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Prize, Lane Cove Sydney