HOMOSAPIEN: Group show curated by Grace Kotze



The show is bound together by a group of artists tugging towards the human form. As much as the exhibition is about the portrayal of humanity, it is also about the artists’ personal journey within the self.


Each artists’ uniqueness of vision is fused with their passion for their chosen material. At times, manipulation of material describes the artists’ relationships with the human form as much as the chosen subject.


On the show are printmakers, painters and sculptors from all over the country. Included are,Christiaan Diedericks, Ledelle Moe, Vulindlela Nyoni, Niel Jonker, Grace Kotze, Peter Rippon, Elizabeth Balcomb, Sarah Lovejoy and Sandra Hanekom.


Homosapien promises to be a show of great substance due to the individual’s relentless investigation into the captivating subject of the human form. Curated by Grace Kotze, the exhibition is housed in the KZNSA Gallery and runs from 13 August to 1 September 2013.


Through painting portraits, I am paying homage to the subject and also serving my own personal growth, of reassessing my own bearings.  The human form and emotional/intellectual self, provides me with unending curiosity and wonder. Every new subject opens doors through which I attempt to gain new insights. The individual’s postures, expressions and forms are specific to their makeup.  Thus making it impossible to tire of the examining and deciphering of the correlation between the subjects physical and internal self.
“The portrait” is a means of gaining personal clarity, even if it is the unravelling’s of the next clue to which a greater understanding of the human nature may be gathered. Gaining insights into others, leads to my own personal understanding of the self.
I often hang images of my physical surrounds next to those of the human form. This is an expansion of “the portrait” although the environmental paintings do not include that of the human form. One’s environment is genre that is as much about one’s self as human anatomy. We constantly examine and reassess our own perceptions through our environments. Thus painting these external forms new barriers start loosening that lead to greater understanding of the self.  – Grace Kotze, Artist Statement


“In my work, time and space appear to dissolve, and an air of conflict erupts. This is often a direct result of a personal aim to calm and disturb at the same time – drawing parallels between the two extremes of utopia and dystopia. There is always a secondary narrative in my work. The primary narrative has symbolic authority and aesthetic promise, although the mysterious secondary narrative exists in order to provoke thought in the viewer.

In many ways I aim to ‘rewrite’ history in my work and the dominant sense of self-awareness that informs most Western art practices. I am trying to present contemporary issues such as Difference as timeless, by situating my vocabulary of images and themes in an organic flux of dreams, history, news, commercial detritus, hyper-reality, and unvoiced feelings and forces of biological nature/desire.” – Christiaan Diedericks, Artist Statement


For Homosapien Neil presents a selection of bronzes as well as a couple of earth-case sculptures and one missed media.
This series of heads evoke the spirit of burials and embalmed pasts. The earth aggregate was salvaged from rural ruins of a farm homestead where the artist felt a strong sense of regard for the implied memories contained in the walls of a home that held years of family life. Half the head is the sleeping portrait of a rural youngster living on a farm near the artist’s home, the other half an expression of the dream of what rests beneath the surface of the subject’s visible life.

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