Nestled away in the corner of North Fremantle is the mighty cute boutique, Violet Pilot. I could think of no better place for ‘Middle of the Heart’, the first Perth exhibition by Aleyna Martinez, as the quirky nature of the space suited the mood and style of Martinez’s work.
What strikes you most from the pieces is the variety and blending of mixed mediums Martinez has incorporated. Digital prints work against wall paper-esque patterned backgrounds, with the smooth elongated brush strokes involved throughout always somehow remaining the main presence within the piece. Despite the subject, a mood of contemporary femininity permeates the work. The portraits that comprise the exhibition are depicted using these long brushstrokes that add a simplicity and softness to the image – a woman’s touch is at work here.
The works looked utterly at home in their quirky surroundings, with the amazing colour and variety of medium almost reflecting the texture and nature of their environment. Particular attention was drawn from Martinez’s use of external sources – bracelet chains, glitter and altered photographs. It was the simple versus the complicated; the subject versus their environment, but at all times there was a constant human presence that portrayed strength. Martinez’s cheeky yet vulnerable side is glimpsed in the works. Use of vibrant mediums, textures and feminine touches, Martinez’s work is lovely.
By Amy McKie.