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ILLUSION / ALLUSION

The common thread running through the exhibition is the artists’ collective fascination with spaces: they separately explore the concept and alchemy of creating, inhabiting, and retreating into spaces. 
 
Julia Cavalieri is to a large extent a self-taught artist. Graduating with a law degree in South Africa, she spent years working in Paris in a corporate environment. It was only on her return to Johannesburg, that she moved into the art world and is now painting and sculpting full time. Cavalieri prefers to work on large canvasses, predominantly using oils and mixed media. Exploring sculpture as a new medium, Cavalieri’s installation is central to her new body of work called ‘Shadow Nests’. Her clay figures encased in organic Perspex shapes and her paintings are projections of the subconscious, the allusion of a very private space – an inner nest moulded by an outside world. "She paints not to make pictures but to use paint as a poet uses words, to put before us and to invite us into, a ‘place’ of special experience.” - Ricky Burnett.
 
Sue Martin completed her Fine Art’s degree at the University of Natal Pietermaritzburg before moving to Johannesburg in the early '80s. Her work incorporates various media, including painting, printmaking and photography. Her subject matter is fundamentally about figures within a landscape, walking or floating above, together or alone. Part of her current work “Lie of the Land” incorporates the printed word that has been either cut and pasted or painted onto the surface. The surface that is being painted upon is as important as the image itself.  Her growing passion for this process has led her to explore the spatial considerations within a painting even further, laying down words or marks and then pushing them into the distance, layering not only different surfaces but also meanings. The process is a work in progress that has its own journey, much like the people who feature so prominently in her work. ”It’s not about making a painting but rather about making space.”
 
Sharon Sampson graduated in Fine Art and Graphic Design at the Natal Technikon – the springboard to an award-winning international career in advertising.  Subsequently, she has specialised in oil painting and printmaking across numerous techniques. In Illusion/Allusion, works are presented as oil paintings and prints.
 
“Evocation,” her most recent body of work, Sampson revisits the human form, exploring the human body’s relationship to surroundings and space. The intermingling of lustrous inks and oils provide the perfect platform to express the ebb and flow of human relationships encapsulating the act of bringing or recalling a feeling, memory or image to mind. 
 
“I believe there is an alchemy between print and oil paintings. I work on several paintings at any one time. The prints ignite the canvasses, the canvasses feed off each other. The inspiration for one painting might be found in another – a thread of narrative emerges.”
 
 
 
 
 
The three artists' work represents individual voyages of discovery and their quests to make sense of these journeys. 

Participating: Julia Cavalieri * Sue Martin Sharon Sampson *

VENUE:

GORDON INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS SCIENCE (GIBS)

Address: 26 Melville Road, Illovo




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