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Online Easter exhibition
Easter is a time to rejoice. During this time of the year, the age-old message of Easter is always that of healing and rebirth. All the traditions in the world, especially Christian, are familiar with Easter signs and images - the Easter egg, Easter Bunny, the Cross, Palm Branches, the Butterfly and many others, all symbolizing new life and spiritual youth.
We invited a couple of artists to make these symbols the source of their inspiration for this exhibition. The result is a diverse but totally exciting collection of fine art works.
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FORTHCOMING EXHIBITION IN THE MAIN GALLERY
Gwen Miller: Enfolding
This exhibition, featuring drawings, prints and paintings, reflects Miller’s way of mourning the loss of her husband. She and her family and friends later planted trees in memory of him, and a poignant sense of melancholy and absence is revealed in each image of an uprooted tree, each hole dug in the soil. But the artworks embrace ambiguity as although the presence of stains, shadows and rags may be read as despair following this overwhelming experience of mortality, she conceived them instead as lasting reminders of wonder. For Miller, the process of observing the quietly growing trees and becoming lost in her chosen artmaking medium is constantly transformative. The quiet of isolation during the creative process has offered Miller a safe space to contemplate the enfolding of life’s complexities and the value of care. The resulting works are extraordinary in their metaphorical but understated imagery, and the artist’s sensitive use of techniques.
FORTHCOMING EXHIBITION IN THE GALERIE CHATON
Adelle van Zyl: Fables of the mind
In this series of ink drawings and collages, Adelle van Zyl combines the literary genre of the fable with aspects of the human psyche, in order to comment on the human condition.
The artist draws on her experience as a children’s book illustrator, as she employs animal imagery with particular themes of fears and fantasies for her current body of work. Fables are short stories that convey moral lessons by means of animals with anthropomorphic features, such as the ability to speak and act like humans. For the artist, animals reflect the fragility of the human psyche. Van Zyl’s work often touches on the psychological aspects of being human, and reflect on the key events and characteristics which form the core of human existence.
The process of creating both the ink drawings and collages was one of spontaneity, an attempt to discover and access subconscious thoughts and connections. In the ink drawings, the artist started simply with the format of a circle within a rectangle. Without any planning, the artist used the circle as an origin to draw from. Similarly, in the collages, the artist began with a square format which was saturated with ink, water and salt. The resultant imagery became backdrops, which in turn, informed the selection of bird heads and fragments of clothing that seemed to correspond to underlying tones.
These backgrounds of chance and chaos become theatres, in which human drama of interaction and the creation of meaning unfold. For the artist, these theatres reflect the dark corners of our minds where our fears are posed against our fantasies.