White Out: Tamara Mendels

16 May – 28 June 2015

splash painting 2

Mendels explores a new series of process driven paintings based on iPhone drawings, showing the intimacy of technology and its relationship to painting and the handmade. The white paint acts as an eraser, effectively ‘whiting-out’ parts of the painting revealing and concealing isolated gestural markings, creating ambiguity between background, foreground, positive and negative, solid and void.

In the series ‘White Out’ Mendels began using the I-phone application ‘Finger Paint’ as a new way of creating gestural markings. Using only her thumb and finger on a small screen allowed for greater intimacy and speed and provided opportunities for quick experimentation and many iterations. The iphone is always with the artist. She takes it into the studio, uses it to photograph paintings, then manipulate the image and make further adjustments before putting paint back onto the canvas. This relationship between her practice and her I-Phone is what she finds most interesting. An immediacy provided by technology, the interplay of scale and the dialogue between the digital and the handmade.

View White Out essay by Hayley Megan French HERE

A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program Exhibition

TAMARA MENDELS Splash Painting 2014, acrylic enamel resin on canvas, 160 x 120 cm


Saturday 30 May, 2:30 – 3:30pm 


Join exhibiting artist Tamara Mendels for a floor talk on her exhibition White Out and Mendel’s journey as an artist including her influences, techniques and the relationship between technology and her works.

Bookings appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410