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Monotypes 2018 from Evocation

ILLUSION/ALLUSION – a collaborative exhibition that explores the diverse elements of space. In September 2018, three South African artists – Sharon Sampson, Julia Cavalieri and Sue Martin presented their individual collections creating three solo installations. The exhibition was launched at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Illovo, Johannesburg. Illusion/Allusion travels to the Cape in January 2019 where it will be hosted by RK Contemporary Gallery in Riebeek Kasteel. Illusion/Allusion was the ideal platform for Sharon to present her new body of work – EVOCATION:

EVOCATION: Exploring Space and the Human Form

EVOCATION: The act of bringing or recalling a feeling, memory, or image to the conscious mind. “In Evocation, I revisit the human form, exploring the human body’s relationship with its surroundings and space. The intermingling of lustrous inks and oils provides the perfect platform to express the ebb and flow of human relationships.” With a sense of voyeurism, we see figures submerged in the depth of canvas and paper and re-emerge; they sometimes appear to be dissolving in liquid or shrouded behind mark-making, patterns and glyphs. The works are presented as oil paintings and print. “I believe there is an alchemy between print and oil paintings. I work on several paintings at any one time. The paintings ignite the canvasses, the canvasses feed off each other. Inspiration for one artwork might be found in another – a thread of narrative emerges.”

Sharon creates her own prints using an hydraulic printing press. “My favourite printmaking techniques include monotypes, collagraphs, linocuts and etchings. I enjoy the unpredictability of monotypes and aim to create a sea of vibrant inks which flow into one another and settle before printing. I have been experimenting with multi-layer monotypes – in some cases up to five layers/plates are used to create the finished print. The end result is often incredulity when sometimes the final outcome has unexpected surprises.”

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