Indigenice exhibition at Artisan Contemporary Gallery

2011-04-14 00:00

INDIGENICE is not a word you’ll find in the dictionary. But then the photographic art of Carte Blanche’s award-winning producer, Carol Albertyn Christie, defies conventional description.

One of three exhibitors taking part in Artisan Contemporary Gallery’s Indigenice exhibition, which runs at the venue in Florida Road, Durban, until the middle of May, Christie says of her work: “I have always thought that the ends of the erythrina caffra (coral tree), when in bloom, look like florets of flame. To get the desired fire photograph, on a whim I did not photograph the tree but decided to freeze the flower instead.”

Thus began a six-month journey of “movement and music within the images” that she captured on camera.

In parallels which are easy to see, her images, preserved in ice, speak about the relationship between life and global warming.

Pietermaritzburg-based Leanne Frisinger similarly knows no boundaries in her ceramics, crafted from delicately thin paperclay. “I tear, fold, rip, crease, cut and join my flat sheets to create 3D ceramic forms. I particularly enjoy printing indigenous South African botanical images onto my paper clay. They represent not just a national identity but also play on the metaphor of preserving an organic object onto a ceramic surface,” she says.

Sharing Frisinger’s love of porcelain clay is Fahmeeda Omar, whose exhibition pieces focus on laboriously hand-coiled vessels, high-fired in an oxidised kiln. “These coils give me a certain amount of control but also expose me to chance, which I enjoy”, the Pietermaritzburg-based artist said of her work, which, because of its delicacy and high firing, results in a subtle gradation of colour and translucency. — Arts Editor.

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