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KELLY DYER UNDERCOVER (article first published : 2004-10-7)

The new Bevel Art Gallery at The Stables market will host an exhibition titled Kelly Dyer Undercover from October 15 to 22. Kelly Dyer is a young artist as well as a poet. This will be the first public exhibition of her artwork in its entirety.

In 2001, Kelly Dyer won first place in the Words and Visions Exhibition, FET Phase (in connection with the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerances - 2001). She was awarded a Certificate of Merit for an individual art piece in the National Creative Arts Youth Festival, 2000.

“In regards to the integration of poetry into the painting arena” she explains, “I find that the two are inextricably linked and facilitate the emergence of a visual image in their intermingling within more my unconscious than my consciousness.”

One of her poems is published in the anthology of verse, Silhouettes and Shadows, through the Poetry institute of Africa. Another poem appeared in the August edition of the Woman's Magazine, Agenda. She did her first year of a Fine Arts degree at Technikon Natal (now the Durban Institute of Technology) in 2002 before leaving to pursue a degree in Psychology at the University of Natal,:with the intention of pursuing a career as an art therapist.

“Nearly all my work deals especially with dream imagery and often the images that appear are direct interpretations of the poet in me making sense of the unconscious, rather than the conscious,” she adds. “Unarguably my experience as a woman is highlighted through the use of the female form, which quite often-appears androgynous. This may stem from my strong recognition of the animus (finale energy) within myself, as equal to or more assertive at times, than the conventionally- more submissive, gentile, feminine anima (female energy), which supposedly defines me as `woman'. “

The Bevel Gallery’s owner is Beverley Bennett whose aim is to introduce as many talented young artists at the little gallery as she can. Anyone interested in appearing should contact Beverley on 031 260 2719 or fax 031 260 1300.




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