'Arc and Toll' - a solo exhibition by Anna van der Ploeg

Mon, August 29, 2016 to Fri, October 7, 2016
  • a window where there once was nothing, 2016, Backscratch monotype on tracing paper, 57 x 41cm, Edition of 1
  • this that your roots know, 2016, Backscratch monotype on tracing paper, 57 x 41cm, Edition of 1
  • for every hour in the light, 2016, Backscratch monotype on tracing paper, 57 x 41cm, Edition of 1
  • night watch, 2016, Charcoal on Saunders Waterford, 85 x 65cm
  • speaking silence, 2016, Charcoal reductive drawing on Saunders Waterford, brass bells and thread, 87 x 65cm
  • a daily call, 2016, Monotype and oil on Fabriano Rosaspina, 110 x 78cm, Edition of 1
  • all of it, 2016, Chalk pastel on Saunders Waterford, 66 x 47cm
  • kneel low, 2016, Chalk pastel on Saunders Waterford, 66 x 47cm
  • within the patience of echoes, 2016, Chalk pastel on watercolour paper, 95 x 67cm
  • settling dust, dusk, 2016, Rust, metal and salt on Saunders Waterford, 85 x 65cm

SMITH is delighted to announce the first solo exhibition of Anna van der Ploeg. 
 


Anna van der Ploeg was born in Cape Town in 1992 and completed her BAFA at the University of Cape Town in 2015. Trained as a printmaker, she works largely in lithography, monotype, and other printmedia as well as wooden sculpture, drawing and painting. Using laborious, process-based techniques, Anna’s work evokes a feeling of spontaneity and effortlessness.
 
Her vivid, honey-toned palette and use of natural materials speak closely to her experience as a beekeeper. 
 


'Arc and Toll' builds upon on previous work documenting Anna’s passage to becoming a beekeeper and delves deeper into the metaphors and meaning that she understand of the role. With the presence of certain symbols – a figure, bells, an arch, a veil and light – she hopes to weave a narrative of enquiry to create a space that somehow speaks to the ineffable, or responds to the movements and embodied knowledge that is drawn upon in the practice of beekeeping. The process becomes a ritual, seeking to observe and hold. The exhibition consists primarily of monotypes, chalk pastel and charcoal drawings and oil paintings on paper, as well as wood and metal sculptural objects.

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