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INCASED (article first published : 2004-03-16)

Incased is an exhibition of ceramic sculpture by Carla da Cruz running in the NSA’s Park Gallery and Multimedia Room.

A ceramic artist living and working in Durban. Carla da Cruz has participated in numerous group exhibitions in addition to working on public commissions for murals and mosaic projects. Da Cruz is currently completing her Masters degree at the Durban Institute of Technology Fine Art Department and the exhibition comprises the work for her practical component of the degree. This is her first solo exhibition.

Da Cruz will present several ceramic sculptures and wall pieces in the Park Gallery and Multimedia Room of the gallery. Her work is reminiscent of industrial forms and textures that could be associated with large scale weaponry. In contrast, some pieces and surfaces look soft and are likened to material that protect, insulate and cover. It is this play between interior and exterior (protective/vulnerable) that informs the work of da Cruz.

Da Cruz states “The forms I use are archetypal and are intended to evoke a sense of subconscious recognition and familiarity. The images are taken from and influenced by my surroundings and my interaction with everyday objects. The inherent limitations and unpredictable nature of clay are an important part of my choice of this material. I am fascinated by the transformation clay undergoes during the working process. The process is never static. The idea may change as the clay transforms. I am testing the limitations of the medium in my use of scale and my choice of forms.”

It is this expert handling of the medium on such a large scale and her conceptual clarity that challenges the ceramic tradition.

The exhibition closes on March 28.




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