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The pool: A place of ambiguous quietness

2 October 2020 - 24 October 2020

In this exhibition of paintings of swimming pools, which flows from the small room in Art Lover’s Gallery into the adjacent Trent Gallery, I have looked more closely at the ambiguity of a pool of water. Water seems to act as a receptacle of feeling, a place of changing moods and dispositions. 
In certain paintings I have explored the notion of the pool as a place set apart, a sacred and circumscribed space with distinct potency, an almost palpable atmosphere of a spirit presence. 
In others the derelict, neglected condition of the pool touches on those feelings of sadness and loss. The pool is a daily tomb, collecting leaf litter and other drowned debris on its floor.
There are also paintings in this exhibition where I explore an enveloping sense of wellbeing and exhilaration, where the pool glows with incandescent light and a breeze plays over the water’s surface. In these works the pool becomes the life-giving fountain at the centre of paradise. 
There are a few paintings in this exhibition where the nourishing, organic quality of a natural ecosystem in a pond is relished. In these the water thickened by micro-organisms to a gelatinous mucus, is like nourishing milk.  
It is the metaphorical richness of water and pools that entices me back to painting it again and again.

Participating: Danielle Malherbe


Address: 198 Long Street, Waterkloof
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Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 17:00. Sat: 09:00 - 13:00.


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Participating: Luvo Pflaxie Disane

Opening: Saturday 28 November 2020 at 18:00 - 26 December 2020

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