Varda Caivano’s work strikes a subtle balance between the materiality of paint and its emotional and figurative resonances, her deftly composed, gestural forms both irreducible and infinitely evocative. It is possible to view these canvases in procedural terms, for there is always a palpable, enlivening sense of the artist making decisions or changing course, deflecting quick resolutions or alighting on happy accidents that lead to another set of problems, more possible outcomes. This is one possible journey through the work, during which we might dwell on shapes and lines, variations of touch and tone, alerted to qualities of paint as space is mapped and atmosphere created. However, Caivano’s paintings are irreducible as simple records of the artist’s decision-making process. Equally strong are suggestions of landscapes or objects, actual things in the world or those filtered through the canon of twentieth-century art.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1971, Varda Caivano lives and works in London, where she graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2004. Recent solo exhibitions include Victoria Miro Mayfair (2015); the Renaissance Society, Chicago (2015); Chisenhale gallery, London (2007) and Kunstverein Freiburg (2006). In 2013 a presentation of paintings throughout Caivano's practice was included in The Encyclopedic Palace, Venice Biennale, selected by curator Massimiliano Gioni.