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Friday, June 21, 2013


Silence of the Lands is an exhibition by Joan Martin, Lara Mellon, Maggie Strachan and Ana Pereira de Vlieg currently running at Fat Tuesday in Kloof.

As with previous art exhibitions at Fat Tuesday (Two Goats and a Dog - 2011, Lost Found & Stolen - 2012), this exhibition is as much about the artists’ relationship with each other as the development of their art. This time the group has been expanded by the inclusion of Ana Pereria De Vlieg.

At their initial meeting the group came up with the idea of landscape as a theme. All four of have explored landscape in one form or another in teir previous artwork.

Some of our early attempts at a title for this exhibition included Land Claims and Land (re)claimed but both were rejected for their political association. The eventual title Silence of the Lands was inspired by the following quote “Where the river is deepest it makes the least noise.” Lara Mellon was instrumental in coming up with this title and says: “There’s an unsettled quietness in all our work … a peaceful threatening …”

In order to challenge each other and underline their association they decided to approach the method of making art for this exhibition in a particular way. Each selected an image and shared it with the other three - specifying a particular format i.e. A4, A5 etc. They all paint from the same reference image and share the results at their regular meetings, which occur about once a month. Each artist can submit as many versions as they want of the same image, as long as the same reference is used. The monthly meetings are held at Durban Girls’ College Art studio in the afternoons where informal crit. sessions are conducted.

There will be two walkabouts of the exhibition:

June 22 at 10h30 from a psychological perspective with narrative and family therapist, Estelle Hudson
June 29 at 10h30 from an artist perspective with Jeanette Gilks, fibre artist and art teacher

Silence of the Lands runs until July 6 at 12 noon at Fat Tuesday, Bellevue Campus - Bellevue Road  in Kloof. There is a cash bar downstairs or call ahead to book a table for supper at Bellevue CafĂ© on 031 717 2780.