9 July – 14 August 2021
Quadrat 2 (2021) & On the Nature of Painting event poster
Stefan Spiteri - On the Nature of Painting
The title for this show is an open-ended one, it results from the ambiguity surrounding the term ‘nature’, the latter can also mean, existence, essence, type, character, structure, creation, environment, world, universe and identity, all of the above could replace the word nature in the title and still be able to clearly describe what is being investigated. This body of work is looking at the painting process as an action that behaves, reacts and adapts just like any other natural instinct. This can be recorded in the way the paint acts on the surface it is applied to, how it travels from brush to surface and how it responds to aggressive scratching and layering. Therefore by referring to motifs from nature, the painter recognizes the nature within him. Working from within, the painter memorizes the profusion found in nature and reassembles it in a new world of pictorial harmony. As a result the painter embodies the role of a listener and messenger. Firstly, he surrenders to the nature of the painting process, he responds to the context surrounding him, he extracts from it and lastly, through gestures and mark making he rearranges memories into matter. These actions, reactions and translations constitute the ‘nature of painting’. Just like any living organism that transmutes energy into plenitude, so does the painting process. Similarly, the work encapsulates the transfer of energy from lived experience into matter.
Stefan Spiteri b. 1998, works mainly with painting, drawing and collage, his creative process is concerned with space, memory and time, these themes are further explored through the continuous layering of meaning, material and gesture. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree with honours in Fine Art from MCAST Institute for the Creative Arts in 2019. In 2018 he underwent a three week artist’s residency in Piedmont, Italy as one of the selected artists for the Amuse project. Previous collective shows include Points of Transition, Gabriel Caruana Foundation, Birkirkara, Malta,2021; Human Man-Made Traces, Malta Society of Arts, Valletta, Malta,2019; Distinct, Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta, Malta 2019; Shifting Contexts, Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta, Malta 2018. He currently lives and works in Malta.