Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Join us on Saturday at the KZNSA for an artists' walkabout of Jetteke de Vries' Discovering Home. This collection explores the concept of home and what it means to belong, as the artist expounds on the journey of identity and belonging which is captured in the lives and narratives of three generations of female protagonists. Don't miss what promises to be an enriching morning with this talented young artist.
 Please note - filming or recording of any part of this walkabout will not be permitted. Your co-operation is appreciated.
Discovering Home
This exhibition centres on the concept of home and what it means to belong. This journey of identity and belonging is captured in the lives and narratives of three generations of female protagonists. The catalyst for this exhibition was the discovery of my own dislocated identity after immigrating to the Netherlands at the age of thirteen. I discovered that my mother and my grandmother had suffered a similar trauma in that their identities were also fractured and dislocated due to moving between Southern Africa and the Netherlands throughout their lives.
The work is linked to memories of the protagonists; it is rooted in my mother’s memories of her mother and my memories and perceptions of my grandmother and my mother. Researching my family’s history of dislocation revealed a wealth of stories and imaginings that I was unaware of.   An exploration of the cultural dislocation of three generations of women in my family became the guiding force for this body of work. Spanning this body of work to include three generations gives me the opportunity to reflect on how time and space affects identity and the type of dislocation that is felt. Even though the three protagonists share a sense of cultural dislocation, the circumstances and extent of this dislocation was different for each protagonist. The type of dislocation that occurs is dependent on a particular time and the geographical space each protagonist inhabited.
The exhibition juxtaposes Southern Africa and the Netherlands in an inter-personal cultural context. Culture and identity are inextricably linked concepts and I investigate the difficulties experienced by the protagonists in their pursuit of negotiating what it means to have a dislocated cultural identity.

Digby Hoets Studio Exhibition

Saturday 15 November 2014
9am to 6pm 

Second exhibition by Digby Hoets and students
at his studio at 125, Springfield Rd, Carlswald, Midrand
We will provide be tea, coffee, home-made lemonade, biscuits, muffins etc
You are welcome to bring your own picnic. 011 468 2591 082 927 6606
DIRECTIONS: From N1 take New Rd off ramp and follow signs for Crowthorne.  Turn left at traffic light into 7th Rd (Indigo Nursery) and first right into Springfield.  The studio is the second property on the left and has a wooden fence.  Use the second gate which will be open. 
GPS S 25° 58’46 E 28° 06’21
Credit cards accepted (Mastercard and Visa)


Hortus Conclusis Brunsefelsia
Siobhan O'Reagain
28 October - 16 November 2014
Main & Mezzanine Galleries
This exhibition consists of an installation of porcelain works and drawings that reflect a personal interpretation of the garden, using both fine art and botanical approaches.

The porcelain works and drawings explore plant forms and garden implements.  While the garden is traditionally seen as a “piece of ground” (Allen,1990:485) adjoining a house, this exhibition explores the garden as representing   growth, adornment, and  refuge; a reflection of metamorphosis and life cycles, migration, and the changing of seasons. This transience and fragility is echoed in the use of porcelain, itself delicate and translucent.

The exhibition postulates the garden as a metaphor of our lives; representative of our present, yet intrinsically linked with our past in terms of self, culture, spirituality, circumstance, emotion, social standing, labour and the heritage of colonialism.   This heritage is explored using indigenous and exotic plants from my garden and the Botanic Gardens.

This interpretation of the garden encourages the viewer to personalise, re-think and re-conceptualise past gardens of memory, and those of the present in a way which both make the garden meaningful, tangible and uniquely relevant to their lives.
In addition, it demonstrates the importance of the garden, whether public or private, as a reflection of our lives.
- Siobhan O'Reagain

Monday, November 10, 2014