by Martina Kramer (Croatia/France) is the third in a series of permanent
site-specific contemporary art commissions initiated by the London
School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine contemporary art fund.
This new work is inspired by the Schools beautiful Bloomsbury
building and the Schools research.
Martina Kramer was born in 1965 in Zagreb, Croatia. She trained
at the Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb and at the Ecole Nationale des
Beaux Arts, Lyon, and has lived and worked in France since 1989.
She has completed the work here in London, at Gasworks where she
has spent two months as an artist in residence. Kramer has exhibited
widely across Europe; representing Croatia at the 1995 Venice Biennale
and in 1997 she showed in The Quality of Light at the Tate Gallery,
St. Ives. Kramer is an artist who explores the painterly questions
of perception, scale, space and light but applies this to works
that go beyond painting, by employing architectural space as a support
in the creation of her installations.
Kramer has selected a space of movement and transit for her work:
the stairwell in the main part of the building of the London School
of Hygiene is its site and inspiration. Ramifications is the title
of two complementary series of drawings that continue through the
floors. At first an organic or crystalline growth is suggested by
the paintings, which draw on fractal geometry, an irregular whole
built up from regular and symmetric basic forms. Kramer recognises
this as a pattern that many researchers at the LSHTM may be familiar
with but she has also conceived this work to reflect, both literally
and metaphorically, the vertical movement of the people using the
stairs. Kramers work is a significant addition to the existing
commissions by Susan
Brind and Gary
Perkins, and contributes to a developing programme of
arts activities at the School.
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