Kotze’s jour­ney

Renowned artist to ex­hibit body of work at artSPACE dur­ban

Weekend Witness - - Arts -

A SE­LEC­TION of paint­ings, rang­ing from land­scapes to im­ages of the hu­man form, can be viewed in the solo ex­hi­bi­tion, Grace Kotze: 13 Years of Paint­ing: 2000­2013, at artSPACE dur­ban from Jan­uary 20 to Fe­bru­ary 8.

Kotze told Weekend Wit­ness the ex­hi­bi­tion had given her the chance to re­ex­am­ine and as­sess her body of work over the past 13 years.

“Through the pre­show prepa­ra­tions I have been able to view each work within the con­text of a whole,” she ex­plained. “This has high­lighted the cre­ative process, the pass­ing of time and the im­por­tance of artists re­al­is­ing their in­de­pen­dence to the power of the cre­ative process.

“Such an at­ti­tude takes away the ur­gency and pre­cious­ness of pro­duc­ing a sin­gle work and in­stils an aware­ness of how a work is purely a ve­hi­cle to bridge the gap to the next, and hope­fully, along the way, gain a flicker of un­der­stand­ing into one’s present.”

Kotze grad­u­ated from the then Tech­nikon Natal (now Dur­ban Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy) in 1990 and ex­hib­ited spar­ingly un­til 2005 when she says she fi­nally “com­mit­ted to the process of art mak­ing”.

“I had my first solo show in 2000 and was so shat­tered by the pub­lic ex­po­sure that I with­drew for five years,” the artist said.

“Yet I felt it im­por­tant to in­clude this ex­hi­bi­tion in 13 Years of Paint­ing: 2000–2013 as it planted very im­por­tant seeds that lay dor­mant un­til I saw my first Turner paint­ing in the “flesh” in 2004.

“The five­year break from 2000 to 2005 was also a time of ma­tur­ing, where I dis­carded large chunks of the cre­ativ­ity­stunt­ing mon­ster: the ego, while learn­ing the ever­valu­able trade of mu­ral paint­ing.

“Al­though I had been an in­cred­i­bly hard­work­ing stu­dent and painted when­ever I could af­ford the time af­ter grad­u­at­ing, it was only in 2005 when I ex­pe­ri­enced the pure sen­sual de­light in the process. Hav­ing the penny drop that ap­ply­ing paint con­sumed one’s in­tel­lect, phys­i­cal sen­sors and emo­tional core, I be­came to­tally en­thralled.”

Kotze’s ex­hi­bi­tion will re­place the 11th An­nual Af­ford­able Art Show which comes to an end on Jan­uary 18 at 2 pm.

artSPACE dur­ban is at 3 Mil­lar Road (off Um­geni Road), Dur­ban. It is open Mon­day to Fri­day from 9 am to 5 pm and Satur­days from 9 am to 2 pm. In­quiries: 031 312 0793. — A.E. • arts@wit­ness.co.za

Man with his heart un­der his arm,

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Grace Kotze’s which can be seen at artSPACE dur­ban from Jan­uary 20.

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