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NSA NEWS (article first published : 2001-11-18)

There is one more week to see the three varied and interesting exhibitions running at the NSA Galleries until November 24.

Coats and Coverings by Fiona Kirkwood is her ninth solo exhibition. This artist is a recognised pioneering leader in her field in South Africa and noted for the cutting edge manner in which she combines fine art and weaving to create highly textured multi media works. This latest exhibition features sculptural installations reflecting her interest in aspects of South African history, culture, politics and society in transition and undergoing transformation.

The coat is used here as a metaphor for protection of individuals, society, culture and history, as well as a recognised symbol of the human form.

The Park Gallery hosts an exhibition of recent works by Lee Scott-Hempson, a practising artist living and working in Durban. Her sphere of interest is the influence and interrelationship between her teaching programme at the ML Sultan Technikon and her personal work.

She fuses textile and fashion drawing styles with autobiographical symbolism. The works are highly emotive and reflective of life’s highs and lows. The use of decorative elements and the fashion "poppie" are symbols of false perfection and the disguises or masks that people wear. She attempts to reflect the crossing of barriers that occur repeatedly between fine art, design and popular culture.

In the Multimedia Room is a collection of works by Joanne Bloch which she has titled Acupuncture.

Joanne Bloch lives and works in Johannesburg. Her work focuses on pin-board installations. These pinboards evolved out of an obsession with collecting cheap plastic objects, and comment on mass production and the excesses inherent to our consumerist culture. On another level, they speak of obsession, of fetish and of greed. Finally they are about value and beauty, aiming to challenge notions of what we consider to be precious and worth treasuring. The collections continue to grow...




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