ABOUT THE ARTIST'S WORK
A multidisciplinary artist concerned with socially engaged practice, Marynes Avila creates work that specifically responds to site and community by implementing the use of multiples as “data connectors” in the public realm.
Working at the intersection of art and science, Marynes’ practice is informed by Biology and Carl Jung's concept of the Collective Unconscious.
The investigation of multiples as an allegory for the relationship between the individual, the group, and their interaction with nature has shaped the vital focus of Avila’s art/science research practice.
Taking inspiration from the wonders of nature and its forms, Avila utilizes repetition to redefine the object and its symbolism offering a subtle platform to often question the consequences of human imprint in the age of the Anthropocene.
The artist’s labor-intensive process involves extensive sourcing, meticulous exploration and manipulation of organic and recycled manmade materials as a means to both unveil their inherent physical possibilities, and establish alternative and poetic visual narratives.
Meticulous drawing, microphotography, micrographic digital video, and digital photography are central to the artist’s process and an essential component of Avila's oeuvre, being the catalyst for the artist's large-scale installations.
From the hand gestures required during the act of drawing as a group and the interactive experience of observing the wonders of nature under microscopes, to the performative act of immersing as a group in a natural environment while collaborating in the creation of installations, a key element of Avila’s work is its participatory nature.
Installed in site-specific configuration varying from landscapes to architectural spaces, Avila's thousands, millions of identical cast-off multiples emerge to explore the close relationship between the notions of multiplicity, a sense of place and belonging.
Drawing upon multiplicity the artist generates emotional and psychological responses, encouraging critical thinking and reflective engagement.
Marynes Avila acknowledges the Bunurong people as the traditional custodians of the lands where she lives and works, and is committed to honouring the Bunurong people's unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters, seas and Country and their rich contribution to society.
The artist pays her respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.