28 July 2017 till 16 August 2017
‘Iridescence - a lustrous play of colour’ is an Afro-Indian exhibition portrayed by the paintings of Corné van Eck and jewellery by Drops of Grace from Africa.
Corné van Eck experienced heightened sensory awareness on a recent journey to India and her work depicts the Indian people and doors in the slums and surroundings, as well as the mystic Lotus flower .Van Eck believes a lesson can be learnt by people of India performing their duty with little concern for any reward and with liberation from attachment.
The Afro-centric jewellery by Drops of Grace (the studio is based in Irene) combines traditional African beading with precious stones and metals, pearls, Murano glass, crystals and diamonds. The Lotus flower was also an inspiration in some of the jewellery as well as the historical trading of glass beads introduced from Madras to South Africa in the previous century. The studio takes pride in the upliftment and empowerment of women and encourages the cultural heritage of traditional beading.
The Lotus is the national flower of India and represents divinity, creative power, purity, faithfulness and vitality—untouched by die impurity in which it grows.