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VISUAL ART (article first published : 2006-02-28)

Bronwen Findlay looks at facecloths, towels and blankets as source material for her latest exhibition at the KZNSA

Artist Bronwen Findlay is to present an exhibition at the KZNSA Gallery titled every picture tells a story.

“I have recently been using facecloths, towels and blankets as source material for my paintings and prints,” she explains. “I initially bought these items because I was attracted to the patterns and colours and the way in which they were displayed on hawkers’ tables or hung outside shop windows. Pattern, colour and texture have always been an important aspect of my work. I am also interested in where the items that I use as my source material come from and in the stories that are attached to these items.

“The towels and facecloths I have found in trading stores, from Grey Street in Durban or Diagonal Street in Johannesburg or from supermarkets and department stores. The blanket I bought from a trading store on the Lesotho border. This particular blanket is embellished with Second World War military emblems. It remains a very popular blanket.

“Although particular subject matter is important for me as a starting point, it is the way in which I manipulate the materials that matter – I use materials like paint, and ink. I allow the material to have the final say”.

Bronwen accomplished painter and printmaker who began her career in Durban where she is loved and greatly admired by those who know her and her work. She now lives and works in Johannesburg where she is a lecturer at the University of Johannesburg, Fine Art Department. A Master of Fine through the University of Natal and formerly senior lecturer at the then University of Durban Westville (Fine Art Department), she was the merit prize winner at the last Brett Kebble awards. She was also nominated in the prestigious FNB Vita Art Awards in which she collaborated with other two artists.

every picture tells a story opens on March 7 at 18h00 and runs until March 26. More details from KZNSA curator Nathi Gumede on 031 277 1703 or 082 220 0368 or e-mail: www.kznsagallery.co.za




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