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
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.
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.