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INVERSIONS (article first published : 2004-07-10)

With funding from the Royal Netherlands Embassy, South Africa, Inversions is an exhibition of sculptural installations by Daphne Prevoo opening at the NSA Gallery on July 13 at 17h30.

Daphne Prevoo lives one half of the year in Swaziland and the other half in England, neither being her country of origin. This compulsive travelling has fuelled her art practice and an interest in subject matter relating to the "un-placed" or "non-placed". The work at the NSA Gallery explores issues of placement and displacement and its impact on a quest for identity. Prevoo investigates an in-betweeness - and questions the rigidity of physical, geographical or sexual borders.

Within Daphne Prevoo's work there is a preoccupation with objects of demarcation. Fences and cages are recurring elements and symbolise a search for personal confines. Fencing as a physical demarcation is used to protect and to keep safe but it can also be considered as an infringement on freedom and a limitation of movement, whether physical or spiritual.

The work questions issues of safety and fear but also the origin of a false sense of security. The aesthetic of the metalwork is reminiscent of Victorian birdcages, once used to imprison “objects” of beauty. The artist is interested in the philosophical juxtaposition of these opposite and contradicting meanings.

Other recurring elements are the signifying symbol of the chair as a disembodied occupant and “clothing” pieces that are both placed in the realm of the uncanny and absurd. Whilst these objects are at first glance instantly recognisable, they convey is sense of discomfort and unease.

Daphne Prevoo is a Dutch artist living and working in London, UK and Mbabane in Swaziland. After completing her degree in Fine Art at Central St. Martins (1994) she continued to do her Masters in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art (1996). Between 1998 and 2003 she held a senior lecturer post at the Surrey Institute College of Art and Design, running the sculpture department. Since 2003 she has been a senior lecturer at the University of East London. She has exhibited extensively in Europe, Africa and Asia in group and solo exhibitions.

The exhibition runs until August 1.

More information from NSA curator Storm Janse van Rensburg on 031 202-3686, fax 031 201-8051, e-mail: curator@nsagalllery.co.za or visit www.nsagallery.co.za




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