Following her previous show at In Toto, titled ‘Again and Again’, Nina Torr and Ceramic Matters’ ‘The End of Something’, showing at the Birdhaven gallery space from October 13 , returns to a black and white pallet, with the artist using both brushes and toothbrushes to apply ink.
‘The End of Something’ deals with navigating internal landscapes; passing through old places and entering new ones. It explores the threshold at the end of a transition, not knowing whether what comes next is welcome or not. There are shadow figures who are able to move through different worlds. They seem to reveal a bit more about themselves each time they travel.
Skulls typically denote mortality and death, but Torr’s skulls are more of a reference to a disconnection or failure to understand other people or a situation; they signify a kind of suspension in connection to a context.
Anthony and Gerhard from Ceramic Matters studied together at The Johannesburg Art College. Their respective backgrounds in Fine Art, Printmaking and Ceramics form the basis for the designing and manufacturing at the Ceramic Matters studio. Their latest work concerns the representation of our traditions, personal interest, our history and present environment; incorporating the natural and domestic.
The dream-like characters in Torr’s and Ceramic Matters’ work seem to exist in the same alternative frequency, an other-worldly space where anything can happen, end, and begin again.
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