La Macina di San Cresci



“Artists are interesting creatures. We can be obsessive, dedicated, spirited and single minded in our pursuit for that perfect realisation of our art. We tend to be outsiders and are often that square peg in the round hole, so when you find an oasis like San Cresci you hold on tight -- for it’s that sense of belonging which welcomes you.”
Rebecca Rath , Australia

Discipline: Painting
Country: USA
At La Macina: 2024

U.S. artist Yvonne Petkus uses her process-based paintings to explore ideas of struggle, vulnerability and strength, and the forces of nature against the body (sometimes all found in a single gesture, like a dash or a run). Using visual cues over direct representation, her work is about what we carry and hold just under the skin, expressed as fragments, accumulations, and glimpses. Each piece is found through a directed struggle, formed and broken, and formed again, by mark-making as a living action and through painting as a physical act of thinking. Each piece is about, acts as, a meditation, a grasping – a search for meaning.

Petkus, a professor at Western Kentucky University, presents her work in an ongoing schedule of national and international exhibitions, conferences, and lectures, and is represented by the Moremen Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky.































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