Natasja De Wet Facing Reality 2001 | | Art in South Africa
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Facing Reality | First Solo Exhibition at Chelsea Gallery Cape Town - 2001

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The contradiction of connecting with but never fully knowing another is brought to the fore in Facing Reality. In this body of work, De Wet considers the concept of trust, relationship, and connection between two people. Drawing on the language of portraiture, the works interrogate the meaning of connection, which by definition implies closeness and unity.

Body language and the gaze of the figures in many pieces in this body of work visually portray experiences of connection and disconnection that are challenging to define. Through these works, De Wet establishes and negotiates the tension between confrontation and communication, subtlety and bold expression, security and insecurity, and vulnerability and passion.

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