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ROSS-WATT ART (article first published : 2000-09-21)

Bayside Gallery in the BAT Centre will host a joint exhibition in October with Christine Ross-Watt showing her charcoal and pastel drawings as well as dry point prints and mixed media that she has entitled Ways of Transition – Path, passage, process 1990-2000.

Born in Ixopo, Christine graduated with a diploma in fine art (painting) from Technikon Natal in 1972. She furthered her studies and obtained a national higher diploma in drawing and printmaking from Technikon, Natal 1989 and attended a course in Illustration at the Bridge.She has exhibited regularly in numerous group exhibitions in Kimberley, Bloemfontein, Durban and Port Elizabeth including GAP and ad hoc exhibitions and the Standard Bank Drawing competition 1990.

Of her exhibition Inspiration she states: “The underlying structure and pattern inherent in nature lies at the root of my research into the formal elements of the visual language. My approach is to focus on the journey i.e. the process of working with materials, which probably contributes to my work reflecting a romantic vision. Light both conceals and reveals – the world”.

Exhibiting with her will be John Mills and Perrie Pullock who both belong to the Woodcraftsman Association of Durban and produce fine turned wooden vessels predominantly from indigenous woods.

“John Mills turns mainly bowls, platters, pepper grinders, pens, fruit, candlesticks and lamps. “The Durban Botanic Gardens is a major source of both African indigenous and exotic timbers,” he says. “When trees have to be trimmed or are blown down during a storm, it gives me great satisfaction to be able to salvage some of this magnificent timber and turn it into useful pieces which will bring lasting pleasure to those who acquire them. As past chairman of the Woodcraftsman Association of Durban, he is extending this conservation activity by a network of fellow-craftsmen who will put as much timber as possible to good use.

“Wood-turning has become a passion for me,” says Perrie Pollock, “although I still only find time to turn on a part-time basis because of business commitments. My aim is to make items of lasting value, which give enduring pleasure and which bring out the best that a particular piece of timber has to offer. I find great delight in creating something with aesthetic appeal which reveals the grain, colour and beauty of the wood.

The work of the three artists will be on show at the Bayside Gallery until October 14.




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