At the Table Exhibition

Please join me for an exciting exhibition of contemporary printmaking by the Cape Town group of ThePrintingGirls.

Participating artists: Emma Willemse | Georgina Berens | Kristen McClarty | Laurel Holmes | Lucy Stuart-Clark | Marelise van Wyk | Mariette Momberg | Natasha Norman | Neeske Alexander | Noeleen Kleve | Yolanda Warnich |

“At The Table” takes the symbolism of the table as a means to investigate themes of homemaking embedded in artistic concerns with history, family and ecology. The individual interests of each Cape Town member of ThePrintingGirls is curated into a contemplation of place, considering how the act of gathering around the table shapes the landscape of our city both literally and metaphorically, historically and ecologically in the gathering of lives at the foot of Table Mountain.

The table is a piece of furniture that manifests so many transient experiences in the home or workplace. It is the site of gathering where a community comes to eat, to talk, to work or to pray. An heirloom table is usually wooden in material: strong, supportive and marked in its woodgrain by the stains and scratchings of a family or trade. It seems metaphorical then, that the mountain around which Cape Town is nestled is called a table as well. Weather fronts that generate deep mists which cover the mountain top are referred to as ‘the table cloth’, one of a multitude of weather systems particular to the region that has meant a unique fynbos biome is able to flourish along the greater Table Mountain escarpment. Historically, Table Mountain has been a striking landmark to the arrival of ships bringing traders, colonialists, frontiersmen and refugees from abroad. The Hoerikwagga or ‘mountain in the sea’ is the geographical marker of a cosmopolitan melting pot of culture, marked by a history of oppression, liberation, tourism and ecology.

ThePrintingGirls is a collective of women printmakers with diverse interests. ‘At The Table’ showcases the work of the Cape Town based members of this collective with a focus on the variety of approaches that printmaking can encompass. Workshops in print techniques and demonstrations of various print processes will be on offer during the duration of the exhibition. In addition to this, the collective will be collaboratively carving a table top in the gallery and releasing an edition of prints from its surface at the end of the show.

ThePrintingGirls, Cape Town
17 April to 8 May 2021
Opening: Saturday 17 April 11h00-15h00
Finissage: Saturday 8 May. 11h00-13h00
This event will include taking the first print of a collaborative table block that will be carved by the participating artists during the exhibition.

Spin Street Gallery, 6 Spin Street
Monday to Friday 10h00-16h00
Saturday 10h00-14h00
Closed Sundays and public holidays

Contact for more information: Laurel Holmes 082 480 4210

New Girls on the Block

An all relief print exhibition by The Printing Girls Collective at the Association of Arts Pretoria opens 5 March 2021 with an opening event from 18h00 to 20h00 (COVID compliant). The exhibition showcases a variety of relief print methods by 23 female artists from around the country as well as the first ever The Printing Girls print portfolio.

Art Under the Bed

The annual Art Under the Bed sale will take place this week on the 26th, 27th and 28th of November. Please book a ticket to secure your viewing slot and please adhere to COVID protocols.

There will be the added element of an online sale on the 1st and 2nd of December. Keep your eyes on the AUB Instagram page to secure a work.

New Mokuhanga Print Release

I have a new Mokuhanga print edition available, published for The Printing Girls annual exhibition.

Suspension (Pond Skaters)

Mokuhanga Woodblock Print
Edition of 8

I am currently working on a series of prints that represent water in the garden, particularly the Japanese garden where water is considered a space for reflection, an ‘empty’ space for contemplation. ‘Suspension’ is the first of these works to explore the idea of perfect and imperfect reflection. I consider the artist mark as a moment of reflection where every mark one makes as an artist records a frame of mind.

The Printing Girls at The Art Room

The Printing Girls will be hosting their annual exhibition this year at the Art Room in Parkhurst, Johannesburg. The themed part of the exhibition is titled ‘Positive Escape’ and explores the positive ways that the artists coped with lockdown earlier this year.

The exhibition runs from 4 to 31 October with an opening event on Sunday at 10pm. There are 35 participating printmakers.

The Printing Girls is a contemporary collective of South African female printmakers. For more information including a full list of artists and biographies, please visit their website.