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A new conversation

Lara Mellon & I exchanged postcards as a conversation that went on throughout our preparation for our last exhibition "Understory" held at the KZNSA gallery in August 2014. Each postcard given to each other was a direct visual and written response to the card that preceded it. This time instead of exchanging postcards we have decided to respond to assemblages that we make that will be based on the theme: Damage Control 

Some of my artworks in the past have included dead insects, birds and other small animals. I decided to use a carcass of a frog for my first exchange assemblage – I looked up the symbolic meaning of a frog: “...reminds us of the transient nature of our lives. As symbol of transition and transformation...Strongly associated with the water element, it connects us with the world of emotions and feminine energies, as well as the process of cleansing, whether it’s physical, emotional, or more spiritual or energetic.”

Joan Martin, Turning Point, mixed media assemblage, 25x13x12cm 

The snakeskin texture on the box reinforces the symbolism of the frog – the snake is also symbolic of transition. 

Joan Martin, Turning Point, mixed media assemblage, 25x13x12cm (detail) 

This frog lies on a bed or nest of nails that create a halo around the animal, but also suggests extreme hardship.  

Joan Martin, Turning Point, mixed media assemblage, 25x13x12cm

View of whole assemblage above. 

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