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"Threads: Gina Waldman AND Lost and Found: Isolde Krams"
2005-08-31 until 2005-09-24
Bell-Roberts Art Gallery
Cape Town, , ZA South Africa

During September, The Bell Roberts Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa, exhibits two artists in seperate shows - Threads: Gina Waldman AND Lost and Found: Isolde Krams. Gina Waldman’s previous work deals with kitsch, consumerism, decorating and taste. Her new work looks at labour and domestic activity by painting and sewing into tapestries. For most of her artistic career Isolde Krams has been working from a feminist perspective. Now her focus has shifted to a concern for the preservation of nature, animals and the earth. Krams has devised a technique in which she uses rubber latex to give her sculptures a skin-like quality.

ARTIST STATEMENT: GINA WALDMAN

“The image of a tapestry is so domestic and in some ways banal, but so many interesting things happen on their surfaces. The front side of the tapestry is like a paint by number; perfect and seamless, whereas the underside exposes the hidden labour of the sewer. The underside renders a slippage of perfection and is a marker of the labourers’ hand,” says Waldman.

Gina Waldman is a mixed media artist who completed her Masters in Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2002. She lives and works in Johannesburg as a full time artist.

Isolde Krams' works made from rubber latex material are soft, light, tactile and psychologically charged. These metamorphosed images use wit and irony to challenge and expand the potential of the three dimensional form. In this show, she juxtaposes positive and negative images and symbols.


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