Student Artists Exhibit at UKZN
An exhibition of students’ work, mainly by undergraduates, and curated by the students themselves is currently underway at the Jack Heath Gallery on UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus. The fifty pieces on show reflect both the capabilities of these artists and the range of study options at the Centre for Visual Arts (CVA). There are paintings in oils and acrylics, drawings in pencil, pen and mixed media, woodcuts, monotype prints, collages, digital animations and ceramic sculpture.
The title of the exhibition, SELF[i]EXPOSURE, picks up on the “selfie” photographs trend, but points also to the realisation that every piece of art reveals something that is personally significant to, and revealing about, the artist. The self-portraits look beyond a reflection in the mirror, and besides the pieces in this classic genre there are works that explore the artists’ responses to the world about them and their own place in it. The work on show conveys an integrated and dynamic approach to art-making undertaken in a spirit of lively enquiry and exploration. The opening event on Wednesday, 11 October was certainly lively and enjoyed by students, staff, guests and supporters of the CVA.
The Jack Heath Gallery is in the CVA building on the main campus in Pietermaritzburg, in Ridge Road. For more information on the exhibition, contact Dr Jessica Draper on DraperJ@ukzn.ac.za
Words: Kathy Arbuckle