If you’re in Malta between now and mid-November, make sure you visit the current exhibition of blazing colours that is presently showing in St.Julian’s.
This exhibition entitled 'Transitions' is an eclectic collection of 66 works produced earlier this year by the artist Doranne Alden Caruana.
These works are a ‘transition’ in style from a previously expressionist but figurative method of painting to which the artist is accustomed and more known for. This new approach is a more 'automatic' and free; but still expressionist style. In this case the artist used no outward references for inspiration, but instead searched inwards. The inspiration became the long stored nostalgic memories of childhood Malta, also some sad times such as years she spent living away from Malta and the long wet winter of this year- all surfacing and becoming the main source for the paintings themes. One of the main principle reasons for this change in direction and method of working was a new idea that came to her after being asked by a university student about automatism. This question so intrigued Doranne Alden Caruana that she questioned herself more deeply about this method of painting and so decided to challenge herself with this style of work.
This also was a timely asked question, explains the artist, as she admits that at the time she was beginning to feel that although she had mastered her art and technique she now needed a new direction. As art is in fact a journey Alden Caruana’s choice to change has taken her to paint in a new style and form of painting which she would otherwise have never thought of taking and says that it has been a therapeutic journey of discovery too.
The end result is a bold, and colourful, collection of paintings with a sometimes simplistic but still confident and trained hand.
The exhibition is now open to the public, all day everyday, at the Cavalieri Hotel, St. Julian’s Bay, St.Julian’s, Malta until 15th November 2012.