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Aesthetica Magazine Review

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From Nowt to Summat is a new installation by Aesthetica Art Prize finalist Deb Covell, opening at mima, Middlesbrough, on 18 September. The work has been produced as part of her Artist’s Open Studio event at mima (until 12 September) and is also accompanied by Absolute Zero, an exhibition of Covell’s work in the area outside our education space, Project Space 2 Gallery, until 18 September.

Covell’s practice is concerned with “bringing a form into being by exploring the material and physical qualities of acrylic paint.” By omitting the pictorial and eschewing the traditional canvas support, Covell engages the viewer with the purely formal and sensual aspects of her work. The process begins with layers of acrylic paint applied to stretched plastic sheets, which are then peeled off to create a foundation. Illusional spatial depth is brought in by the use of black and white diagonal bands painted randomly onto these supports.

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