The latest show at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen captures the drama of ever-changing urban landscapes using old maps, architectural drawings, photographs, electrical components, mechanisms, rusted metal, boxes, glass, architectural salvage, broken plastics and wood.
These are incorporated into paintings and prints by multi-media artist Jill Martin Boualaxai in the Dress Circle Gallery exhibition, organised by Grampian Hospitals Art Trust, entitled Composite Landscapes, which opens on Monday (June 1).
The Edinburgh-based artist uses found objects and materials to create three-dimensional works evoking the feelings and impressions of place or works.
“I am fascinated by the transient nature of the urban landscape and its ever changing skyline, seemingly in a continual cycle of demolition and rebuilding,” said Jill.
“The stillness encapsulated in derelict and disused spaces and forgotten fragments scattered across floors. The peeling paint; smashed windows, graffiti, collapsed and crumbling walls are what inspires the surface of my paintings.”
Jill works from memory, constantly changing and searching to find the characteristics that make a place special or unique and it is through this layering of the painting that a sense of place is instilled.
The history of the painting reflecting buried secrets and histories of a building still there but now buried beneath the surface.
Jill is currently working on a project for The Hidden Door Festival, a not for profit arts festival that takes place in abandoned or hidden places in Edinburgh.