Monday, 27 October 2014

“The Earth Laughs” Anthea Martin and Catherine Stempowski 3 – 22 November 2014

In the Middle Gallery:

“The Earth Laughs”

Anthea Martin and Catherine Stempowski

-->Anthea Martin Artist Statement:

Memento mori  (Latin 'remember that you will die’). 

“My drawings try to reflect the art of detachment from the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits, with reference to the evidence of life on earth which dates back to 3000 million years.  There have been 5 mass extinctions on the way. We as a species are just a small part of this and if we vanish, the earth will laugh, recover and carry on"

(.Dennett. D.C. Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking. Beware of the Prime Mammal.43.) 

Catherine Stempowski draws on her personal experience with the landscape from the Central Drakensberg, specific areas in the Limpopo Province,  Mozambique and her garden. Through charcoal drawing she explores the spaces between, the lost spaces, the hidden places. This allows negative space to define the subject of rocks, plants, earth and sky."Without light there are no shadows, there is no form" she explains. Through her drawings one sees how moving light (the sun) fragments structure, redefines shapes, and sets new horizons: a constant rebirth, an ever-changing memory. Stempowski believes that she has to be barefoot to hear the earth laugh.

Opening talk by Dr. John Roome, Durban University of Technology Fine Art  Senior Lecturer

Anthea Martin

Catherine Stempowski

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