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A SENSE OF... (article first published : 2007-02-24)

A Sense of... , an exhibition of paintings by Grace Kotze will run at artSPACE durban through most of March.

“While working on the show I primarily attempted to produce works that dealt with the power of an emotion remembered and the power that paint holds in communicating such a quality,” explains Grace Kotze. “Often a sense of a remembered person or incident carries far more resonance than a detailed representation, which can distract from the essence. My works explore such ideas, using both minimal detail in images and paint application which can break down form and introduce an emotional vocabulary of its own.

“Most of my works hold such communication, with a play between image and paint application. A dialogue is formed where they in turn work side by side and against the other. Images at times are broken down by textures and marks while in other works images give paint application a purpose.

“Paint application, image selection and the dialogue between the two is a complex one which unfolds through the process of producing a painting. Image, colour, mark and composition all carry their own emotional resonance. I am fascinated in the way in which the artist has the potential to manipulate them in order to produce specific emotional keys. I am grappling with issues such as, at what point does the image, when broken down by paint application lose its visual literary meaning and paint become the dominant voice.

“Another is paint's capacity to transform a "sentimental" image into one of substantial emotional depth. Paint gives an image an emotional poignancy if the appropriate techniques are achieved, it has the ability to add, alter and give resonance to subjects.

The more I learn about such issues I discover how little I know, this sense of uncertainty forms a large part of the exhibition content. It is more about exploration than finite statement. Paralleling my attempt to understand my medium is my attempt to understand my position in relation to past and present which is in a constant state of re-evaluation. The exhibition is not professing any grand political or social comment but rather an acknowledgment of my personal make up in relation to my physical and personal environment.”

A Sense of...: runs at artSPACE durban from March 12 to 31.More information on 031 312 0793.




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