Opening the Western Cape doctors exhibition Nov 09

I really enjoy surprises like this; the ideas that many of us have of Doctors and doctors have of them selves are usually quite severe and unnerving. Ideas about artists? I suppose there are question marks and exclamations marks…. And of art groups, the ideas remain open to interruption! How can we begin to unravel this bundle of contradictions, similarities and projections? I would like to put forward a few clues and ask for some lateral thinking. (added that I enjoy group exhibitions as they give the viewer a chance to see various ways of painting a landscape for example and also for the images to relate to one another. Secondly that group activities like this assist people to interact tin a different way, especially in terms of learning from other work and preparing a show.)

This Initiative was started in 2002 by Peter Nicole and others. Peter had been a member of the S A medical art association for some years; The first show of the WC doctors group was in the foyer of the Kingsbury hospital and now alternates annually between Kingsbury and Constantiaberg hospitals. This year is the 8th exhibition and there are 32 doctors exhibiting. Each Dr./ artist selects the work they want to exhibit; there is no selection committee. There are a variety of media and the practitioners come from a variety of medical specialties’.

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SMAC exhibition February 2010 A personal response by Eithne Owens

Dear Jill,

Today I went back to SMAC to savour your exhibition, “Notions of Being / Moments of Being” and the spell had been broken.   Fairy Tales Updated (#16) had disappeared and so had Mirage Series (#12), that wonderfully balanced and powerful piece that kept Lavender Rain and The Sweetness of Juice in their place.   Blou Skil (#2) was absent and the space was vacant, as though abandoning Yellow River (# 1).  Some of the sculptured pieces were missing, most notably the woven piece # 8.  The threads of the conversation were broken. It made me realise what a beautifully curated exhibition this was, how each piece had been carefully selected both to balance the visual impact of the whole but also to exhibit the complexities of your oeuvre.

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“This is where we meet”, AVA gallery, Cape Town, February 2006

The work for this show started in 2003. It makes reference to earlier work but I have found new possibilities both in the way the work has been made and the reading that has informed it.

I clearly remember deciding that I needed to look at the tone of colours I had been using. I found direction in African textiles and as a weaver by trade this gave me a way in.

I have been able to shift my colour, find new surfaces, work with pattern and relocate or contextualise this body of work from a different view point, using previous experiences as references.

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