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Thursday, June 26, 2014


(Detail from the invitation design)

An exhibition titled Liminal by Pamela Benporath and Veronica Peano opens in artSPACE durban’s Middle Gallery on June 30.

Veronica Peano’s artist statement reads: “My liminal space is an emotional space I find myself in as a parent. It’s the space where I find myself at the threshold of change. My children are no longer babies that need my help, guidance and protection 24/7. They are teenagers with their own ideas needing to make their own decisions. I, on the other hand, want to hold on and protect them. Understanding the importance for them to be independent, so they can learn and grow from their own mistakes. So here I pause in this liminal space holding onto this moment for as long as I can.... 

Pamela Benporath woks predominantly with paper as her medium because of its fragility, manipulability, transparency and rigidity. She combines various traditional media, from charcoal and pastels, to ink and thin washes of paint, concealing with opaque paint and layers of paper, and creating texture with written text that is often repeated and not intended to be clear or easily legible. Layering media as well as meaning within the final image.

“Mark-making and chance [‘happy accidents’] play an important role in the artist’s working process,” says Benporath. “By tearing apart sections and re-composing images with glue and thread, or scanning into the computer and reworking digitally, the process is a continuous evolution. Each action leaving its trace on the final image, which, the artist believes is much like our journey through this life, where our experiences layer over one another and leave bold scars or feint traces.

Liminal opens on June 30 at 18h30 and runs until July 5. 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