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Ildiko Kovacs

Serpentine  1999

oil on plywood

155 × 275 × 4.3cm

Museum of Contemporary Art, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Ann Lewis AO, 2009

2009.107

About the Artwork

For Serpentine, a work on plywood, Ildiko Kovacs has incorporated her bodily gestures into a painting. Its thick ropy lines are a trace of the movements of her arm as she painted the work. Kovacs layers her paint in a process of accumulation and removal that also relates to the emphasis on process and gesture of abstract expressionism, a tradition of artmaking influencing her work. Kovacs has also been influenced by Indigenous artists and an approach to artmaking imbued with a sense of the spiritual and anchored within the landscape. In a work like Serpentine, a dialogue begins between the western form of abstract expressionism and an Australian tradition of art-making that are both founded in the observation of the natural world.
 

The line is a metaphor for me, my nature. Ultimately the process of painting is for me an intuitive one.

Ildiko Kovacs, Art Collector Magazine, no. 53, 2010, p.136.

Ildiko Kovacs

– About the artist

Born 1962, Sydney. Lives and works Sydney.


Ildiko Kovacs has been exhibiting since the 1980s and has been shown in a number of group exhibitions, including the Wynne Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2014); Crossing Paths II, Raft Art Space, Alice Springs (2013); and Fieldwork, Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW (2011) and MCA, Sydney (2010). Kovacs’ work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, NSW; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW; and various private collections.
 

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