Diana Ellinger

Artist and illustrator

Malasaña


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Relics 2016

Tangerine

Tangerine
2016, acrylic and oil on board
70 x 70cm
$650

Iron filing

Iron filing 2016, acrylic on board 20 x 20cm $250

 

 

 

 

Malasaña

Malasaña (SOLD)
2016, acrylic and oil on board
70 x 70cm
$650

The let down

The let down
2016, acrylic and oil on board
70 x 70cm
$650

Common Ivy

Common Ivy
2016, acrylic and oil on board
70 x 70cm
$650

Button hole

Button hole (SOLD)
2016, acrylic and oil on board
70 x 70cm
$650

Don’t stone wash

Don’t stone wash
2016, acrylic and oil on board
60 x 60cm
$500

Drop shadow

Drop shadow (SOLD)
2016, acrylic and oil on board
60 x 60cm
$500

Tuymans’ periphery

Tuymans’ periphery
2016, acrylic, oil and diamond
dust on board
50 x 50cm
$400

Grout

Grout (SOLD)
2016, acrylic, oil and diamond dust on board
50 x 50cm
$400

Retina

Retina
2016, acrylic and oil on board
30 x 30cm
$300

Yes, that’s my top on the floor

Yes, that’s my top on the floor
2016, acrylic and oil on board
30 x 30cm
$300

Fur

Fur
2016, acrylic and oil on board
30 x 30cm
$300

Smock

Smock (SOLD)
2016, acrylic and oil on board
30 x 30cm
$300

Bermuda

Bermuda
2016, acrylic and oil on board
30 x 30cm
$300

Tricks

Tricks
2016, acrylic and oil on board
30 x 30cm
$300

Natasha

Natasha (SOLD)
2016, acrylic on board
20 x 20cm
$250

New paintings by Diana Ellinger

There are two types of image. There are the images which you can see, and then there are images which you can bring to mind. The first type (stimulus) decays into the second (memory). Sure, you can ‘imagine’ images, but what are these made up of if not parts of memory? No, there are just two types of image: what you see, and the relics of what you have seen.

The point is, I consider my paintings to be relics. They are reproductions of images that have been kept, out of reverence, in my mind. Each work is a patchwork of small details I have collected: peripheries of old illustrations, the trailing edge of fabric, the unfocused part of a photo, a discarded plastic toy.

In these old things I find lingering promise. They give back to you a value roughly equivalent to the time taken to deliberately notice them.

But the relics of sights that you keep in your head are not aloof, timeless, pure. They are part of living thought. As with every sensation, they all get mixed together. In this case, they’ve been filtered out through the working process. The scars of their birth are there to see.

Overall surfaces or patterns are interrupted, both abruptly and subtly, by other shapes or patterns. I’m going for a sense of depth, of confrontation, a mess of memories.

Bleached, saturated, uncomfortable, just a little bit tired. The works begin deliberately, they repeat and repeat, incrementally, and end up–I hope–treading a delicate line between beauty and ugliness. Experiments in how colour, lines and shapes fall together. That they are there at all, their furry, glitched, obsolete painterly surfaces blinking in light of a contemporary existence, is absurd.

In the end each painting becomes like the small relics that inspired them. A unit of time spent and of care taken. The result of visual thoughts piling up and pushing on one another, of friction forcing outcome. Painting is a pause. A way of noticing the discarded details. A means to impart slowness.

Relics, whether discarded photos or objects behind museum glass, all whisper of worlds long past. The stories they tell are incomplete, fragmentary, and you are left to fill in the gaps. They might be relics, but don’t think of these images as ruins. They are under construction.