Hovering somewhere between abstraction and landscape, Marina Strocchi's paintings are rich evocations of her experiences of living in the Central Australian desert.
Melbourne- born Strocchi has lived in Central Australia for the past 19 years, working for a substantial period with the Aboriginal artists of the region. Her work is an affirmation of the environment of Central Australia, which she expresses with a flattened perspective of complex patterns.
The work reflects the synthesis of nature's repetition with the clutter of human habitation that one finds in the expanses of the desert. Her inspiration combines European, primitive and naive art, as well as an early association with the ROAR group in Melbourne. Strocchi employs bold design and rich colouration in her appealing and highly personal style.
Since gaining a Bachelor of Art in Melbourne, Strocchi has exhibited in Paris, Melbourne, Alice Springs, Darwin, Sydney and Brisbane. Her extensive involvement in the cultural life of Alice Springs and Central Australia has included work as a lecturer and curator, as a field officer at Papunya Tula, and as the founding coordinator of the Ikuntji Art Centre, Haasts Bluff. Holdings of her work include Artbank, Sydney's Powerhouse Museum, and various state, corporate and private collections in Australia and overseas. Strocchi has also completed a commission for Old Parliament House in Canberra.