N° 11 : MARTINA MUNTZING
Martina, with her distinct philosophical mind, exceptional artistic mastery and irresistible green eyes is our eleventh portrait.
As a painter and draughtsman, and as one of the most celebrated artists in the contemporary Scandinavian scene, Martina’s paintings touch on something both intimate and distant, both sacred and profane where the real subject is the parenthesis that constitutes the existence between birth and death.
Martina’s paintings go beyond the physical figure of the subject, exploring the psychological dimension of the person’s mind and emotions, capturing a palpable stillness, like a fateful, subconscious premonition. As if the painting has brought time to a halt.
Almost all the subjects Martina chooses to represent tell a part of herself. They are close to home, focusing on immediate family; children growing up, loved ones disappearing, the hardship of adulthood etc
Each work is patiently executed with time-consuming precision and meticulous details. As a contrast, within the paint-blotched walls of her vast atelier, Martina surrounds herself with a deliberate disorder. Piles of stacked books, reams of papers, discarded painting materials, empty food boxes and used teabags scattered over the floor, as if she wanted to liberate herself from her surroundings to fully be able to concentrate on her work.
As Francis Bacon once said :
« I think chaos may be a spur to create order and to cohabit amongst memories and wounds ».
Martina is based in Stockholm, and her work is represented in the collection of The Modern Museum of Stockholm, amongst others.