Mendels colloquially calls her process the pour, or the moment the fluid epoxy resin is released:
“With epoxy resin you lose direct control once the fluidity of the medium takes over. I only have about ten minutes to work with, before it begins to harden and set. The vessel determines the amount of epoxy that is poured out and how quickly it interacts with the canvas contributing to the eventual outcome of the painting, which I am left to contemplate for several months as the medium dries.”
Everything in Mendels’ work exists in the pour. Her body and movement are fused together in the flow of the epoxy. Once the pour begins there is little room for contemplative adjustments in minutes the works begin to consolidate and the marking is complete. Mendels then completes the work manipulating the negative space with a thick pour of white enamel paint or black resin (as seen in her ‘Black on Black works’). After the final “cure” the work is completely transfigured, alchemical process complete, revealing a sensual visual feast of dripping paint, captivating surface, perfectly capturing the moment of the pour now permanently locked in time and space.
Tamara Mendels received a MFA (Painting) from Sydney College of the Arts in 2011. Prior to her MFA completion Mendels was awarded the Fauvette Loureiro Traveling Scholarship 2008, sending her to New York where she became a co-founder and director of the Jon Frum Art Foundation New York & Los Angeles (2008-2010). Mendels was the co-organiser and curator of Sydney’s 2020 Art Shows in 20 days (2011-2012). Mendels has exhibited in Sydney at Damien Minton Annex Space, M-Contemporary, East Sydney Doctors, Peloton, James Dorahy Project Space, The Lost Bear Gallery, The Other Art Fair and most recently Mendels exhibited solo at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, Katoomba. Internationally Mendels has exhibited in New York, Miami, Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles through Catinca Tabacaru Gallery and The Jon Frum Art Foundation in both solo and group shows including art fairs SCOPE Miami, The Fountain Art Fair Miami and New York, the Beethoven Festival Chicago and the Dallas Art Fair. Her work is held in private collections in Australia, England and the United States.