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ORB (article first published : 2002-03-18)

Opening at the NSA Galleries on March 19 will be an exhibition by Isolde Krams titled ORB, an extension of the work she has undertaken over the last four years and consisting of metamorphosed material and figures. Positive and negative symbols and images are set up to create a push and pull situation: soft and hard, male and female, familiar and fantastical.

The works are inspired and directed by a strong personal interest in conservation and environmental issues. Links to Krams' earlier work exist both in terms of stylistic sources and an ongoing engagement with a feminist perspective and notions of nurture.

Her frame of reference has extended beyond the self to encompass more diverse and complex allusions to global issues; to nature, the environment and the future. The combination and use of materials is most significant. Salt is played within its duel capacity to both corrode and preserve. Rubber latex, which evokes skin in its softness, is also consciously chosen on the basis of being environmentally sound. Found objects and recycled materials are utilised with a similar consciousness, as well as a notable quirkiness.

ORB comprises 11 small rubber figures (all available in an edition of 10). In time, these sculptures will be transformed into life-size animated sculptures with sound and will perform a giant absurd opera in a tent.

Miss World has already been magnified and has made her appearance in Cape Town and Johannesburg. In Durban she will be accompanied by two further characters, all of which will continue to travel to major centres in South Africa and beyond.

ORB will be opened by Andrew Verster on March 19 at 18h00 and there will be a special appearance by Miss World at the opening and on March 21 at 12h30. ORB runs until April 7.




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