Greta Matthews McMahon
Being an abstract painter means that I rely solely on the inherent energy of materials, colour, texture, shapes and brushstrokes to articulate and express my thoughts and ideas. Since the picture plane rarely offers anything representational ,the vocabulary of these elements becomes the very essence of my visual language.It’s the pattern and relationship between these elements which weaves the story into a meaningful whole.
Each material I use are chosen for its unique frequency and its the inter relationship between these frequencies experienced in a space of no-mind which evokes ,reveals and whispers the story to the viewer.
The ideas and inspiration for these works are supported by my love and interest for mythology, archetypes, dream language, science , spirituality, nature and celebrates the dance between the masculine and feminine.
Making art becomes a ritual and a ceremony which restores the Self into a balanced whole and helps to bridge the gap between heaven and earth.
Greta McMahon is an educator and a mixed media abstract painter.Through the act of painting she focuses on integrating aspects of our somewhat polarised existence into an experience of wholeness, awareness and openness. Her art process evolves around the desire to communicate, connect and to create a powerful transmission.She creates images in a non- linear way and records and maps the reverberation of the quiet, space and the void.
Listening and engaging with stillness through the practice of meditation and contemplation provides a map to navigate, to find meaning and home.
Greta has participated in numerous group and six solo exhibitions in South Africa, Ireland and Holland. Her artworks have been included in the corporate collections of the Hollard Group, Strauss, Nando’s and Spier, as well as in private collections in South Africa, the USA, the UAE, Holland, Norway, the UK and Ireland. In 2005 she was an Absa L’Atelier Art Competition finalist. She holds a BA in fine arts from the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art.
Web site: http://www.matthewsmcmahon.com