As with previous art exhibitions at Fat Tuesday (Two Goats and a Dog - 2011, Lost Found & Stolen - 2012) this exhibition is as much about our relationship with one another as the development of our art. This time our group has been expanded by the inclusion of Ana Pereria De Vlieg.
At our initial meeting we came up with the idea of landscape as a theme. All four of us have explored landscape in one form or another in our previous artwork.
Some of our early attempts at a title for this exhibition included “Land Claims” and “Land (re)claimed” but both were rejected for their political association. We have recently settled on the title “Silence of the Lands” this was inspired by the following quote “Where the river is deepest it makes the least noise.” Lara Mellon was instrumental in coming up with this title and she says: “There’s an unsettled quietness in all our work … a peaceful threatening …”
In order to challenge each other and underline our association we decided to all approach the method of making art for this exhibition in a particular way. Each of us selects an image and shares it with the other three - specifying a particular format i.e. A4, A5 etc. We all paint from the same reference image and share the results at our regular meetings, which occur about once a month. Each artist can submit as many versions as she wants of the same image, as long as the same reference is used. These monthly meetings are held at Durban Girls’ College Art studio in the afternoons where informal crit. sessions are conducted.
Above: Original Reference photo
Above: Maggie Strachan – Red Earth – 15x15cm
Above: Joan Martin – Ana’s Gold – 15x15cm
Above: Lara Mellon – Sienna Soil – 15x15cm
Above: Ana Pereria De Vlieg – Tilled Soil – 15X15cm
Please join us at the opening, any of the walkabouts or visit the exhibition during the three weeks it is open. See invite below:
You are invited to an exhibition by:
Joan Martin, Lara Mellon, Maggie Strachan and Ana Pereira de Vlieg
Tuesday 18th June at 6:30pm until Saturday 6th July 12noon
Bellevue Campus - Bellevue Road - Kloof – 031-717-2785/9
Cash Bar Downstairs or call ahead to book a table for supper at Bellevue Café (031) 717-2780
Tues 18th June 6:30 – Exhibition to be opened by Joan Martin
Sat 22nd June 10:30 - Walkabout from a psychological perspective with Estelle Hudson, Narrative and Family Therapist
Sat 29th June 10:30 – Walkabout from an artist perspective with Jeanette Gilks, Fibre Artist and Art teacher