Martha Varcoe Sturdy

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Untitled #402 (diptych), 2013
Resin on steel
45.5 x 83”

For the series entitled BREAK-UP, Martha Varcoe Sturdy found inspiration in the icy waterways of the firth river while paddling to the Beaufort Sea. Martha recalls how “exciting [it was] to be part of the first group of the season to watch the ice breaking, calving, and overlapping and cracking in the pristine white landscape.” BREAK-UP re-interprets the Great Canadian North, reflecting her experience of this vast and expansive landscape. The emotional power of her natural surroundings experienced in her early acid on steel pieces, evolved into her resin works RAKE and DRAG. BREAK-UP begins her next evolution in which material and subject are in perfect harmony. This series brings scale to ice formations that cover 24.4 million km of the earth’s surface. Broken down, they present themselves as the natural foundation of open Post-Minimalist form and challenge disorder by their very presence.