Isabella Quattrocchi, Bernice Stott and 'Doodles' at the NSA
The next trio of shows at the NSA comprises the first solo show by Isabella Quattrocchi, a video installation by Bernice Stott and 'Doodles: A Group Exhibition of Serious Drawings'.
Quattrocchi is currently completing an MAFA in Fine Arts at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg. Six drawings on paper and an installation of three large-scale works are conceived to fill the gallery space yet counter notions of monumentality. Large floating gauze panels suspended from the ceiling and detailed with pins and other markings, the materials are fragile and diaphanous. Their transparency allows works to overlay and be read through each other. Impermanence, also an aspect of the artist's concerns, is engaged through large panels supporting growing grass, green and fresh when the exhibition opens, but at the end of its lifespan when it closes.
In the Multimedia Gallery, Stott's video installation The Colours that Come Back to You From the World explores womanhood, body, the spirited and spiritual. Influenced by Japanese Kabuki theatre, the video engages layered identity, from the persona (mask) one presents to the world to our constructions of who we believe we are. The installation is set in a space of mirrored surfaces to enhance ideas of introspection, reflection and identity multiplicity. Stott recently completed her B.Tech degree at Technikon Natal. She is active as an artist, a priest in the Anglican Church and community workshop facilitator. Andries Botha will open the exhibition.
In the Mezzanine and Park Galleries is 'Doodles: A Group Exhibition of Serious Drawings'. The NSA Gallery approached a variety of Durban-based artists (established and emerging) to contribute to an exhibition of drawings that sets up a range of styles and intentions. The definition of "drawing" is wide - some artists sketch out ideas for bigger works while others work with drawing as their main medium. Artists participating include Gabi Nkosi, Virginia MacKenny, Andrew Verster, Helen Clara-Hemsley, Seodin O'Sullivan, Nathi Khanyile, Georgia Kotretsos and Ingrid Winterbach.
Opening: Tuesday April 9 at 6pm
Closing: April 28
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