MARTENOT METHOD

FELLOWSHIP ART STUDY MILAN 2018 MARTENOT METHOD

 

In 2018 Anna Caione was awarded a Fellowship from the International Specialised Skills Institute, Australia to travel and undertake studies in art in Milan, Italy. Caione had the opportunity to study the Martenot Method, a unique philosophy of art centered on reawakening creativity. Caoine was taught by Daniela Radeglia, a former student of Ginette Martenot (1902-1996), the founder of the Martenot Method.

 

Caione’s current exhibition Gesto - Gesture, includes new works derived from this philosophy. The artworks centre on bodily proportion and movement and incorporate gesture and ‘stretching’ as an articulation of the human form. The layering of materials further evokes the body’s natural alignments and proportions.

This works reflects Caione’s recent studies in Milan and her focus on the capacity of line, mark-making and

gesture to connect mind and body through movement.

 

Caione drew inspiration from Martenot’s philosophy on how bodies are proportionally and mathematically aligned. Martenot demonstrated that natural and gestural movements can be harnessed to produce perfect symmetrical forms based on the body’s own geometry. While Martentot’s system was a product of a 20th Century enquiry, it drew also on the insights of Italian Renaissance artists. Leonardo Da Vinci, Sandro Bottecelli, Giotto and Paolo Uccelli all used bodily proportion as a guiding principle of pictorial harmony. Key to the Martenot method is the practice of gesture and body movement, with students being encouraged to use chalk and full-sized blackboards so that fully extended arm-strokes can translate into bold and linear geometries.  

                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

 

CAPTION: Anna Caione practising a natural straight-line composition on the blackboard using her entire body weight and arm motion.

The technique enables the practitioner to achieve perfect straight lines, through which, one learns to understand and embody compositional structures.

 

 

THE MARTENOT METHOD

 

Following her studies in painting, anthropology and music Ginette Martenot became convinced that an immersion in such disciplines could not only cultivate human sensitivities but also bring about greater personal self-awareness. Her pedagogy arose from the idea that people who play, preform or create art should be free from mental and physical tension in order to fully express their energies and creative abilities. The Martenot Pedagogy developed in the late 1930s, and it was through Ginette Martenot’s special encounters with such figures as the Bengali poet and polymath Rabindranath Tagore (1861­–1941) and the French writer Luise Artuse (1870­–1960) that her ideas took shape. During extensive travels in India, Japan and China, Martenot came in contact with many accomplished individuals, including various Chinese master calligraphers. For Martenot these philosophies and master practitioners were highly influential and fundamental to her establishment of the Martenot Method and the teaching of painting and drawing. Later, in collaboration with painters, pedagogues and psychologists that she was able to articulate a link between the gestures of artistic expression and the development of the individual’s own sensitivity and state of mind.

 

Ginette Martenot instigated the concept of gesture and mark making as the platform for initiating creativity, which she perceived as a fundamental human need.  Particular attention was devoted to the development of the principles of art that inform this philosophy. Rather than being about conscious, rigid structure and technique taught and applied during the creative art process, Martenot sought to cultivate each person’s awareness and understanding of the inner self, intuition and surroundings. The process enables the practitioner to focus and to settle on what one wishes to express through the creative process. Martenot understood art to be the essence of humanity, that to be fully human is to be an expressive being, and to realise oneself one must be creatively engaged.

3RRR Interview Smart Arts With with Richard Watts  

https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/smartarts/episodes/4195-smartarts-2-august-2018

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