A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

visual arts
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

FACE TO FACE (article first published : 2002-06-10)

Artists since the beginning of time have attempted to capture and understand the nature of the human face to comprehend a person’s character. Personality, individuality, self, soul, the other, the unexplained as well as the familiar – it’s all found in, on, and beneath the human face.

Marianne Meijer is well-known in Durban for her work on the committees of the NSA, Durban Art Gallery and the African Art Centre and as a long-term reporter for the Northglen News. In her new body of work titled Face to Face she reasserts her position as one of Durban’s well-known artists.

She has produced an exhibition with the generic term “Faces” which can be seen at the NSA Gallery from June 11 at 18h00 until June 30. However these “faces” are not portraits. What is a portrait? John Sergent put it as well as anyone when he defined a portrait as “a likeness in which there is something wrong with the mouth.” The works focus on facial features, as well as the absence of features, to seek meaning.

Marianne Meijer often repeats themes and “types” – inventing variations and exploring expressive effects. The form of the head itself, as well as the eyes, nose and mouth - often accentuated – are used to exploit characterisation through representation and exaggeration of certain traits. For these works paint does not have to be so specific (in the way the marks are made). The mottling, achieved through the mixing with solvents, aim to give the works an inherent energy. Details are blurred and the image as a whole becomes an abstraction.

She states that in some instances she uses “a pictorial type of ‘shorthand’ that is crude but serves a specific purpose. It breaks the mental boundaries with which I observe a face – it also allows me to abandon the photographic image of a person and opens up many new ways of seeing – the inward eye.”

“These drawings/paintings are about personal experiences. Whatever its source the lure of the primitive runs deep inside everyone.”




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart