Irene Kopelman talks about her workSaturday, February 9, 2019
My name is Irene Kopelman and I’m going to talk about my work Cincuenta metros de distancia o más, which is a work I made based on a trip to Antarctica in a sailboat that left from Ushuaia. I spent a month on that sailboat, drawing, trying to draw, and basically the work was made in the field, let’s say; it was a series of drawings and watercolors made during that month, and a rather large output of writing and thought. The pieces that are here in the exhibit are from the work I made when I got back, in 2010, a series of large-format paintings in oil on canvas. It’s a very important work for me because it was the first time I went back to painting after I left art school. I have a bachelor’s degree in painting from the Universidad de Córdoba in Argentina, and many years later, a good eight years later, I thought that perhaps I wouldn’t paint, that my training had actually been a bit forgotten, and I always had a kind of nostalgia for painting, but I couldn’t really find a theme that interested me. I couldn’t find that impulse that would lead me to paint, but this trip was very important to me because the landscape itself is very, very pictorial and the whole time I was there during that month I felt like I was in dialog with the history of painting, the history of landscape painting; so that the need to paint again returned to me. And when I went back and started this series of three large-scale paintings, they gave me back my practice, which I haven’t lost since; a reencounter with the materials and with pictorial thought. In retrospect, that’s what I see in this piece. For me it’s really a key to the story of my process.
50 metros de distancia o más B
Oil on canvas
200 x 415.5 x 5 cm (78 3/4 x 163 5/8 x 2 inches)More