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INSTALLATION BY ISABELLA QUATTROCCHI (article first published : 2002-04-15)

Full time artist Isabella Quattrocchi is currently completing a MAFA in Fine Arts at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg. Her first solo exhibition is currently running at the NSA’s Main Gallery until April 28. This evocative exhibition was part submission towards her degree, consisting of six drawings on paper and an installation of three large-scale works.

The installation pieces mainly comprise floating gauze panels suspended from the ceiling and detailed with pins and other markings, one of these hung against large panels of growing grass. These panels will be green and fresh when the exhibition opens but reach their lifespan during the latter part of the run of the show.

These works are meant to evoke a presence without monumentality. The materials are used because of their fragile, diaphanous qualities and impermanence, allowing the group of works to be read through each other, and to appear to overlay each other in the exhibition space. A sense of continual change and reconstitution is important, expressed in the unconfined structure of the work, the nature of the materials used and the way the works are viewed.




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