20 January 2019
The Medulla of a tree is its pith, a fragile first phase of its form, it’s centre, the line drawing of its shape.
‘The works are a result of contemplation of origin , of family and milieu.
Visual reference was drawn from family photos dating from the 1920’s and 30’s. The works are executed in wood and bronze.
In one series, I replicate the Bark of the tree limbs in bronze for the purpose of preserving its beauty. The bronze bark then partly surrounds and protects the carvings.
In another series on this exhibition, I cast bronze analogues of wooden carvings to juxtapose impression and memory through the way light behaves on the surfaces of the sculptures.
After Sorting through family photos dating from the 20’s to 30’s my mother gave me a selection of images of unknown people and said I should use these as references for sculpture . The people in the photos could not be placed as direct family, possibly they were friends of the family or more distant relations. Thus, branches of family that are unknown to me.
What was interesting to me was the pose of the subject and in certain cases the recurring way in which some of the subjects were presented. Certain chance elements such as what is now called ‘photo-bombing’ were also present. The candid and economical compositions were refreshing to the Instagram-age eye.’
- Kobus la Grange
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