Art, science and psyche meet at UCT

27 February 2019 | Story Supplied. Photo Supplied. Read time 2 min.
Artist Natasja de Wet created the pieces for Melancholia from canvas, paint and glue, as well as discarded materials she found on her studio floor.
Artist Natasja de Wet created the pieces for Melancholia from canvas, paint and glue, as well as discarded materials she found on her studio floor.

Contemporary Cape Town artist and University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus Natasja de Wet will exhibit a selection of her latest body of work, Melancholia (2017), at the Pathology Learning Centre from 9 to 30 March.

Including some of her most personal and emotive mixed-media pieces, created with layered canvas, paint, glue and discarded materials such as hair, dust, ash, turpentine and broken feathers retrieved from her studio floor, De Wet’s work explores both the fragility and generative possibilities of the human condition.

To be displayed among the preserved pathology specimens in the learning centre, the works evoke a sense of what is residual and damaged – in the human body, the psyche and the practices of art-making, the artist said.

“Together, my three-dimensional assemblages and the space of the … learning centre will question the very nature of what it means to be human – to be vulnerable, but also resilient.”

The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, 9 March, with a walkabout scheduled for Thursday, 14 March, at 18:00.

For further enquiries, email Dr Jane Yeats at jane.yeats@uct.ac.za.


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