In this body of work Elsabé took a simple formal quality as the starting point to investigate the nature of learning and enquiry. Working with a palette unfamiliar to her practice, green became process and metaphor, showing the artist in the vulnerable state of finding out. Questioning, openness and productive uncertainty deeply inform this lush work.
The subject of the works drew on aspects of her current interest, the intersection of person and natural context – intersection that becomes a form of simultaneity, viewed and experienced from a non-binary paradigm. The painting-drawings are direct, immediate and visceral.
Root Suspended, 2017. Acrylic on Italian cotton canvas. 90x120cm AVA Gallery.
Rescue, 2017. 90x120cm. Acrylic on canvas. AVA Gallery
Arboreal Situation, 2017, Framed, Acrylic on drafting film, 84 x 60cm. Moving Still. AVA Gallery.,
Planetarium, 2017, Framed, crylic on drafting film, 84 x 60cm. Moving Still. AVA Gallery.
Dagboek (The Interview), 2017. Framed ink on paper. 66x48cm.
Wind shifts at eight at SMITH
Across the way from the AVA Gallery at Smith Studio, Elsabé’s solo show ‘Wind shifts at eight’ was an extensive and varied collection combining paintings, drawings and silkscreen monotypes. The show’s title alluded to her intuitive response to natural phenomena, referencing the subtle shift that precedes a weather change.
Pages at Night (Nagboek), 2017, Waboom* ink on silkscreen monotype, 51 x 66cm, Edition of 1. *Ink prepared from Protea nitida leaves. Wind shifts at eight. Smith Studio.
Cello lesson, Thursday, 2017, Acrylic and conte on drafting film on acrylic and pencil on paper, 64 x 90cm. Wind shifts at eight. Smith Studio.
Op ‘n skaal van 1 tot Pretoria, 2017, Acrylic on drafting film on silkscreen monotype, 66x51cm. Wind shifts at eight. Smith Studio.
Shifts, 2017, Silkscreen monotype, 66 x 51cm, Edition of 1. Wind shifts at eight. Smith Studio.
Figure (Trimester), 2017, Acrylic on drafting film, 54 x 33cm. Wind shifts at eight. Smith Studio.
Chaos in the Spring, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 454cm. Wind shifts at eight. Smith Studio.
Song Cycle, 2017, Oil on paper, 41 x 58cm. Wind shifts at eight. Smith Studio.