Deconstructing old machines that are mostly not in use, including old type writers, fire arms and pianos, Paula attaches them onto plexi glass with wire. Each piece is dissected and scrutinized so that even the tiniest elements become objects of fascination.
The typewriters signify communication, specifically interpersonal communication and how this has been affected by the progression of technology. Carefully using the metaphor of the gun, Paula challenges her audience to disassemble the concept of violence. All this old machinery including the piano represents memories and history, even a sense of history still to be written.
Paula’s exhibition at CIRCA will display these mesmerising comparisons and tensions created through the combination of sculpture and etching.
Also at CIRCA, Kerri Evans’ exhibition Paint runs from 3 November – 4 December 2011.
Curator Mark Read writes:
The application of paint on a two dimensional surface, in a manner that results in an image that comments intelligently on ourselves and our existence, is a profoundly difficult task. That is why there are so few really fine painters. With this collection Kerri Evans moves to the front rank of her genre.
These paintings are simple images of our fellow South Africans most often seated, sometimes nude, sometimes clothed. Tonally almost all are quiet. Why therefore does every one of this collection demand time and close scrutiny from the viewer?
It is the paint. Delicate small smears of oil pigment and seemingly haphazard loose areas of colour combine with extraordinary ease into with truly ravishing paintings of people. I don’t know any of the sitters personally. That is irrelevant. These paintings comment somehow without effort and yet with a profoundly keen edge on the human condition. I suspect that is the case with the work of all memorable painters of people throughout history.