'It is Not Down in Any Map; True Places Never Are' - Jarrad Martyn

It is Not Down in Any Map; True Places Never Are is a series of paintings and drawings by Jarrad Martyn which explore humanity’s relationship with the natural environment. The title originates from a passage in Herman Melville’s 1851 novel ‘Moby Dick’, in which the protagonist, Ishmael, describes from where his close friend Queequeg the Harpooner, originates. The quote associates the ‘truth’ of a physical place with the past experiences had in that place. This sense of finding value through memory is used as an analogy for the content within the body of work which is largely informed by spending time exploring nature, travelling, and the development of new pursuits.  

The process of bricolage, (something constructed from a diverse range of things) is used to collate academic research and the associated imagery to create an alternate conversation. This newconversation is both internal and external, and is presented through ambiguous spaces where motifs serve a symbolic function. Heavily relying on shifts between expected context and associated time periods, the contrasting motifs are used to explore the relationship between industry and the environment, species hierarchy, as well as the conservation function of zoos. Conversely, some works also tell a universal story that aims to unite humanity, while also suggesting what (if anything) the act of painting can offer to environmental conversation.

The handling of paint is characterised by making adjustments to the opacity, texture, and clarity of the paint. The aim of which is to hinder the representation of motifs - to encourage the audience to look longer, and to deduce linksbetween, and decipher their own conclusions as to what events are unfolding, and the symbolic meanings within.

This body of work was largely made during a residency at Art on the Move, and is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSCI). 

 


Artists

Pieces

JARRAD MARTYN - Force your hand

JARRAD MARTYN - Force your hand

oil on canvas 2019, 183 x 150cm

$4,800.00
JARRAD MARTYN - Pacing

JARRAD MARTYN - Pacing

oil on canvas 2019 (framed), 52 x 61cm

$1,200.00
JARRAD MARTYN - Pit

JARRAD MARTYN - Pit

oil on canvas 2019, 100 x 100cm

$2,500.00
JARRAD MARTYN - Wandering Shadows

JARRAD MARTYN - Wandering Shadows

graphite on paper 2019 (framed), 50 x 44cm

$650.00
JARRAD MARTYN - Wildlife

JARRAD MARTYN - Wildlife

graphite on paper 2019 (framed), 48 x 60cm

$800.00
JARRAD MARTYN - Collective Imagination

JARRAD MARTYN - Collective Imagination
sold

oil on board 2019 (framed), 94 x 60cm 

JARRAD MARTYN - Haze

JARRAD MARTYN - Haze
sold

oil on canvas 2019, 183 x 150cm

JARRAD MARTYN - Paranoia

JARRAD MARTYN - Paranoia
sold

oil on canvas 2019, 89 x 93cm *ACQUIRED BY THE ST. JOHN OF GOD HEALTH CARE ART COLLECTION *

JARRAD MARTYN - Time

JARRAD MARTYN - Time
sold

oil on board 2019 (framed), 40 x 42cm

JARRAD MARTYN - Watcher

JARRAD MARTYN - Watcher
sold

oil on canvas 2019, 56 x 43cm

JARRAD MARTYN - Beautiful Mountain Alpha

JARRAD MARTYN - Beautiful Mountain Alpha
sold

oil on canvas 2018, 120 x 120cm

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