Renowned artist to exhibit body of work at artSPACE durban
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.
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Man with his heart under his arm,
Grace Kotze’s which can be seen at artSPACE durban from January 20.