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Sunday, November 9, 2014


(Klein Pierre se Suikerbekkienessie, watercolour)

Fragile is an exhibition by Corina Lemmer currently on show at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg. It centres on the fragility of human beings, society and nature. Images of birds’ nests symbolise our instinctive need for creating places of safety and security in a threatening world.

The artist compares the handwork of humans with the artistry of weaver birds shown in a series of watercolours and charcoal drawings in which she incorporates beadwork, crochet, ceramic sherds and the blockprinted designs of William Morris. In a number of oil paintings she juxtaposes nests and other objects in surrealistic landscapes to suggest the vulnerability of nature and humans.

The two dimensional and three dimensional fibreworks on the exhibition comprise embroidery, crochet, ceramic sherds and Zulu beadwork by Ngoneni Kubheka. A continuing theme in her work is the connectedness of all people with each other and their environment.

Fragile runs until November 30 in the Schreiner Gallery of the Tatham Art Gallery opposite the Town Hall in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10h00 to 17h00. Café Tatham is open on Saturdays. Safe parking with a car guard available. More information on 033 392 2801 or visit