Galerie D'Este is pleased to present Field Walk Works, featuring the works of internationally recognized master engraver Ludmila Armata. Armata notably works with steel engraving, a rarely used printmaking technique that allows for finer detail with sharper and more distinct lines. and longer-wearing, more durable plates.
Field Walk Works involves physical and invisible events within the microcosm that Armata experiences living close to, moving through, and engaging with nature. Landscape often exists as a distant place that our imagination struggles to capture fully. We are apt to summarize the landscape, coming short of recognizing the infinite range of events occurring within. Art can be a vehicle for expressing this world of events; not a world where romantic or classic ideas of beauty come together to comfort the viewer, but a world of change and of gradual, ever-shifting intensity and cadence.
New works created for Field Walk Works evoke events of biology and science within the theatre of nature. Armata reveals brief instances of phenomena that she encounters while walking through fields in all seasons. These fragments are transferred directly onto the flat, yet texturally exciting plane of etched plates. There, shadows, shapes, textures, and details emerge and disappear, as often occurs unwitnessed in nature. From here, the images go on to become etchings and aquatints, expanding upon a body of work that underscores Armata’s lifetime mastery of printmaking.
Field Walk Works witnesses a silent, eternal world within a world, universal in microcosm as in cosmic scale. Brief, visual, and even minimal, the gestures and textures that Armata brings to light (and dark) always surprise.
Consciousness is in the absence.
- Ludmila Armata
Ludmila Armata was born in Zabrze, Poland in 1954, and lives and works in Quebec. She holds both an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków and a PhD in Printmaking from the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, and has received numerous awards and grants throughout her career. These include the 2002 Prix de la Fondation Monique et Robert Parizeau and multiple grants from Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. In the past twenty years, Armata has participated in numerous biennales, residencies, solo and group exhibitions in Canada and internationally. Her work can be found in more than fifteen museum collections around the world as well as numerous private and corporate collections such as National Bank and Desjardins.