Lyn Holm inteviews a range of South African artists – including Tamsin Relly, Claudette Shreuders, William Kentridge and Hasan Essop – on their experiences of the differences between exhibiting in South Africa and abroad.
Tamsin Relly’s abstract paintings of ice landscapes and forests are kept in mostly in greens and greys, with frosty white accents, for example ‘Ice Mountain’ (water-soluble oils and gesso on aluminium), ‘Ice Grotto I’ (water-based monotype on Somerset paper) and ‘Greenhouse II’ (water-based monotype on Zerkall). The artist, who recently spent some time in the Arctic Circle in order to witness the effects of global warming first-hand, captures her reaction to this global issue on various types of paper, aluminium, as well as on an impressive giant Mohair Tapestry (‘Business as Usual’), which resembles an underwater volcano erupting in icy waters.
‘Tamsin Relly’s body of work examines landscape through a political context, depicting changes to the natural world through her fluid and lyrical oil paintings. Drawing reference material from both found media imagery and first hand observations, Relly works with the fluid and unpredictable qualities of painting and printmaking to present impressions of urban and natural environments in states of uncertainty or impermanence.’
‘Coates & Scarry is proud to present Vista, a group exhibition that brings together five contemporary artists exploring the notion of landscape and perspective. Beginning January 18th, Tamsin Relly, Nick Bright, Marcus Jeffries, Bronwen Sleigh, and Simone Fontana Reis will reimagine the concept of vantage points and vistas using a variety of mediums.’