Finding beauty in the ordinary

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BY BILLY SUTER

IZOLDA van der Merwe is an artist inspired by everyday objects, situations and people. Growing up in rural South Africa, she was mesmerised by the beauty of the ordinary and still is today.

The things we take for granted, a view as you drive, a person walking down the street. There is a sincerity in her day-to-day life that is portrayed in her paintings, a whimsical movement captured through colour and pattern.

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A work by Izolda van der Merwe on view until March 2 at the ArtSPACE Durban gallery.

That’s the word from Karen Bradtke of Durban’s Artspace Durban gallery, located in a warehouse at 3 Millar Road, off Umgeni Road, where works by Van der Merwe are being showcased until March 2 in an exhibition titled I See in Colour

Working in mixed-media, Izolda’s art has been pushing the limits of different application processes. This has opened up a world of possibilities in executing technique/creating art, pushing those boundaries in growing her style of art, explains Bradtke.

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Being an avid gardener and collector of aloes and succulents, the geometric patterns and symmetry of the plant structures have fascinated artist Izolda van der Merwe.

 I See In Colour, she continues, looks at Izolda’s world and the influence nature has on her life. Being an avid gardener and collector of aloes and succulents, the geometric patterns and symmetry of the plant structures has fascinated her.

There is a sense of order in their construction, which resonates with finding order in everyday life.

Great influences in her work are Hung Liu, a Chinese-born American contemporary artist, and US painter Michael Carso. Their use of pattern and movement has added to the freedom of expanding her technique and breathing life into the canvas.

Being aware of a “traditional” landscape or portrait style of painting has allowed her to transform that visualisation/surrealism of her mind into a visible reality for the viewer.

The gallery phone number is 031 312 0793. Gallery hours are from 10am to 4pm every Monday to Friday, and 10am to 1pm on Saturdays. The gallery is closed on Sundays and public holidays.

 


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