Breathe in... exhale... and relax

2019-11-12 06:00
Emerald Sanctuary 3 is on of the exhibition’s pieces, painted on wood using oil paints.

Emerald Sanctuary 3 is on of the exhibition’s pieces, painted on wood using oil paints.

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Local multimedia artist Karen Wykerd will open her solo exhibition, Exhale, this November at The Studio Art Gallery in Simon’s Town.

In a departure from her usual subject matter, Wykerd leaves the busy streets of the city behind to explore the abundance of nature around Cape Town: capturing calm spaces where you can take a moment to exhale and let out the stresses of your daily life.

She explores the moments spent picturing the warmth of the sun, its light glimmering through the leaves; the feel of water on her skin; the sound of wind rustling through branches and waves sighing on to the shore.

In Exhale, a selection of paintings on canvas, wooden blocks and hand-marbled paper will be showcased. The process is an important part of the body of work, with elements of chance at play, acknowledging the necessity of exploring the unfamiliar to gain insight.

This tranquil collection of works uses Wykerd’s recognisable translucent washes of colour around figures swimming, strolling and floating to create scenes of immersion in nature. The dreamily indistinct backgrounds and tranquil colour palette combine to give the viewers of her works moments of rest and reflection where they can be reacquainted with nature, and themselves.

The exhibition will run from Thursday 14 to Wednesday 27 November, with the official opening taking place on Saturday 16 November at 15:00.

V For more information, visit www.studioartgallery.co.za or call 021 786 9457.

Local multimedia artist Karen Wykerd will open her solo exhibition, Exhale, this November at The Studio Art Gallery in Simon’s Town.

In a departure from her usual subject matter, Wykerd leaves the busy streets of the city behind to explore the abundance of nature around Cape Town: capturing calm spaces where you can take a moment to exhale and let out the stresses of your daily life.

She explores the moments spent picturing the warmth of the sun, its light glimmering through the leaves; the feel of water on her skin; the sound of wind rustling through branches and waves sighing on to the shore.

In Exhale, a selection of paintings on canvas, wooden blocks and hand-marbled paper will be showcased.

The process is an important part of the body of work, with elements of chance at play, acknowledging the necessity of exploring the unfamiliar to gain insight.

This tranquil collection of works uses Wykerd’s recognisable translucent washes of colour around figures swimming, strolling and floating to create scenes of immersion in nature.

The dreamily indistinct backgrounds and tranquil colour palette combine to give the viewers of her works moments of rest and reflection where they can be reacquainted with nature, and themselves.

The exhibition will run from Thursday 14 to Wednesday 27 November, with the official opening taking place on Saturday 16 November at 15:00.

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For more information, visit www.studioartgallery.co.za or call 021 786 9457.

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