Penelope Aitken

Painting, installation

Montmorency (zone 1)

Penelope Aitken, Smoak & mirrors, 2021
Michael Mark
Penelope Aitken, Pelagonium, 2016
Michael Mark
Penelope Aitken, What we are made of will make something else, 2021

Penelope Aitken’s paintings of plants incorporate ink brewed from the plants themselves. This practice foregrounds the elemental nature of matter and is a homeopathic gesture towards finding ‘essences’. Her ghost-like paintings also reflect on the impermanence of living things yet, in being depicted, ensure a degree of posterity over the original referent.

Penelope’s studio, shared and constructed with fellow artist, Michael Mark, also rises from the ground using the earth it displaced from the site. Plant ink and earth pigments both contain the artists and are contained in the art. It’s all very circular.



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