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REBECCA MARTIN



Untitled 4

2020
Acrylic and household paint on canvas
42 x 42cm
€200

My work focuses on various abandoned structures around Ireland. This untitled series of  paintings centres around three buildings in particular, Rockfield House, Windgate’s House and Duckett’s Grove.

The photographs I have taken whilst visiting these buildings, show objects from the past and their physical structures beginning to fade in colour and essence as a result of being exposed to the elements, as well as the absence of human interaction. These photographs became the
foundation for my paintings.

Having been completely disregarded, these buildings are frozen from the time they were abandoned and act as time capsules. However, as they stand dormant they slowly reintegrate into their surrounding environment, becoming overwhelmed by nature and the passing of time.

My paintings are composed of a range of colours which reflect the contrast between the colours made from the buildings exposure to the elements since being abandoned and those that remain from the original decor.

Through painting, I am attempting to breathe new life into these spaces through an exploration of colour.


Untitled 1

2020
Acrylic and household paint on canvas
80 x 60cm
€350


Untitled 2

2020
Acrylic and household paint on canvas
82 x  59cm
€350


Untitled 3

2020
Acrylic and household paint on canvas
16 x 16 cm
€200

Rebecca Martin is a Dublin based artist. Her practice, predominantly painting and photography based, focuses on numerous abandoned buildings in Ireland. Favouring the use of acrylic and household paints, her paintings are composed of a diverse range of colours and meticulous mark making. Exploration of colour and application of paint play a vital role in her practice, as she creates abstract forms on canvas representing various structures within the dilapidated buildings.
Representing both the past and present of these buildings in her paintings, Rebecca is drawing attention to a juxtaposition between the vibrant and muted colours they hold, whilst also
attempting to instil a new sense of life into the forgotten and uninhabited. She draws on her own photographs taken at these sites as the main source for her work.