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Thursday, October 30, 2014


(Etching, digital photo, and painting by Roz Cryer)

Coming to the KZNSA’s Main Gallery next week is Personal Myth, Collective Dream by Roz Cryer. This is an exhibition that is tied in with the Masters in Fine Art Cryer has undertaken at the Centre for Visual Arts at UKZN in Pietermaritzburg.

The theme for Cryer’s Masters - and this exhibition - lies in her fascination for myth, both collective and personal. For this body of work, Cryer has focused on her personal myth and the story that has emerged through her work with Estelle Hudson who is well known in Durban for her work with dreams.

This is an exhibition of mixed media, oil paintings, etchings, 3D miniature theatres and some ceramics.

Cryer’s oil paintings are executed using ‘grisaille’, a term for a painting executed entirely in monochrome or near-monochrome. She uses this method as a way of improving her visual knowledge and understanding of how tone affects form, allowing forms to emerge from the tones and the marks. Cryer also silkscreen prints an image of a theatre onto the canvas prior to painting and these marks show through in areas giving the work an extra dimension.

Inspired by her childhood love of Pollock’s Miniature Theatres, the 3D theatres and etchings embody some of the ‘rooms in her mythological house’. Jung talks of the house representing the psyche - and the sets; the story, the decor, characters and images symbolizing aspects of the psyche.

Hermes, in ancient Greece, was the mythological messenger of the gods and god of transition and boundaries and features in Cryer’s work as a guide on her journey into the myth in the form of the image of winged feet and ceramic winged shoes.

Michelle Rall, Centre for Visual Art, UKZN Pietermaritzburg, will give the opening talk on November 3 at 18h00 for 18h30 and the exhibition then runs until November 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