Paintings by Martha Horvay
"The challenge of suggesting the most complex forms and stories with the simplest possible means continues to obsess me."
Martha Horvay represents objects in her acrylic paint paintings that simultaneously suggest machines, architecture and consumer goods. The objects appear as the tools of a previous generation appear today, frequently abandoned, with broken parts and worn surfaces. Her objective is to evoke the magnitude of time through which nature reclaims the evidence of past civilizations. Human beings are conspicuously absent. Instead, she includes the buildings they inhabited and the implements they used.
Attracted to the precision of geometric forms, Horvay's choice of a simple perspective allows pattern to drain volume from a form or pump volume into a flat shape. She takes pleasure in creating ambiguity, then attempting to control it.