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Sunday, March 16, 2014


(“Betwixt and Between - Push n' Pull”: acrylic on masonite by Lee Scott Hempson)

Running in artSPACE durban’s Main Gallery is an exhibition titled Fusion: Routes and Roots by Lee Scott Hempson.

A lecturer in the Fashion and Textile programme at the Durban University of Technology, she teaches drawing and illustration, printing technologies and supervises post graduate students.

She grew up in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe before moving to South Africa to finish off her schooling and education in Fine Art. She sees her creative work not as a single idea or a unitary concept but as an association of ideas, concepts, and themes that at once reinforce and contradict each other.

This fusion /association of ideas, she realises, is what makes her craft rich in imagery. The ‘routes’ she has taken to get her to this here and now, added to the acknowledgment that her ‘roots’ colour her perceptions of everything she experiences, are directors of her creative inspiration, identity and individuality.

Her work is emotive and evocative. It reflects a ‘double consciousness’ - this consciousness, she feels, has allowed her to depict and amalgamate her many interests and then fuse her ideas in a silhouetted form.

Fusion: Routes and Roots runs until March 22 at 14h00. artSPACE durban is situated at 3 Millar Road (off Umgeni Road) close to the Waste Centre. More information on 031 312 0793 or visit or