Celebrating the life and work of Juliet

2014-05-12 00:00

“A WONDERFUL celebration of Juliet and her work” is how Mike Hart, husband of the late Juliet Armstrong, described the new exhibition, For Juliet: Ceramic Sculptor (1950 – 2012), which opened at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

The retrospective exhibition, which runs until August 17, contains works by Armstrong at various stages in her career and highlighted, said Hart, the humanity which runs through every one of the pieces on show. He added: “If Juliet had seen this retrospective she would have approved, but she probably would have been uncomfortable too … she told me once that when she finished a work she tried to distance herself from it. Sometimes she even disliked it.”

Opening alongside the For Juliet exhibition is the Legacy Exhibition, curated by potter David Walters, in which the participants pay tribute to the legacy of Armstrong, a professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg’s Centre for Visual Art.

“Juliet and I had been friends for 42 years,” Walters told the guests at the opening, “doing nothing was not an option. We had to mark her work and her legacy.”

The Legacy exhibition can be viewed in the ceramics gallery until July 20.

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