Marina Strocchi: A Survey Exhibition 1992 – 2014

This survey exhibition is a broad representation of works by Alice Springs based artist Marina Strocchi. Incorporating small scale gouaches and oils, etchings and lithographs through to large scale acrylic paintings, the exhibition plots the trajectory of Strocchi’s art across a 22 year period.

Melbourne-born, Strocchi came to Central Australia in 1992, co-founding the Ikuntji Art Centre at Haasts Bluff. She has subsequently worked extensively with Aboriginal artists in the Western and Central Desert regions and as a lecturer and tutor in art since relocating to Alice Springs. During this time her own work has been exhibited extensively within Australia and internationally. Strocchi has been a finalist in several prestigious art prizes and her works are held in many public and private collections.

Marina Strocchi: A survey exhibition 1992 – 2014 is a cross-section of the Northern Territory and a statement of Strocchi’s joy in living and working in this unique place. The exhibition documents a shift in Strocchi’s artwork, from early figurative renderings of specific landscapes to more recent symbolic reductions, of rhythms and patterns and abstractions. The topography, iconic flora and fauna and the human activities and technologies that are found within the Northern Territory are represented through a set of playful motifs, a type of contemporary hieroglyphics. Here is a synthesis of experience and influence: European, primitive and na├»ve art; an association with the artists of Roar studios in Melbourne including Strocchi’s long-term partner painter Wayne Eager; exposure to Aboriginal art and culture and the lived experience of the Northern Territory over two decades, all folding into the development of Strocchi’s unique visual language.

Marina Strocchi, Four Boats for Sarah, 2009, acrylic on linen
27 February12 April 2015
6pm – 4pm
Araluen Arts Centre, Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs