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WINGS OF STONE (article first published : 2005-09-24)

Running in the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg is Wings of Stone, an exhibition of works by Liesbeth Groenewald.

Born in Holland before migrating with her parents to South Africa at a young age, she is a part-time pharmacist at Ladysmith Provincial Hospital. She has been fascinated by the combination of physical and spiritual significance of ‘grave angels’. The passage of time is often recorded by these ‘angels’ and their endurance through the years is characterized by changing surface qualities. Some gather moss and fungi while some get broken.

Groenewald has been exploring the aesthetic significance of these factors and has played around with artistic ideas emanating from these, using computer technology. When her son, Alex died in 2003, this preoccupation “turned into one of the illusiveness of angels and the soul”. She started illustrating her late son’s poems, which were written over seven to eight years, using computer-generated images.

The exhibition runs until October 23. The Tatham is situated opposite the Pietermaritzburg City Hall in Commercial Road.




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