Two Trees | A collaborative exhibition by Rosie Mudge and Sitaara Stodel

Tue, June 11, 2019 to Sat, July 6, 2019

SMITH is excited to present Two Trees a collaborative exhibition by Rosie Mudge and Sitaara Stodel. Exploring sentiments seen in both their practices, this exhibition ruminates on loss, belonging, and a search for reality in a sea of unstable memories. The exhibition’s title is taken from Rosa Lyster’s poem Another two trees which appeared in her 2016 anthology Modern Rasputin. By incorporating the poem into the structure and physical space of the show, the poem becomes a lens through which to read the works, speaking to the human condition of connection and isolation. The exhibition features individual works by the two artists as well as new collaborative works.

They try to keep up, the trees,
but the river washes their voices away
and it’s awkward to wail out your feelings
at the top of your tree lungs.
It’s hard. They are easily embarrassed:
they drop all their leaves at once,
which is the tree way of blushing.
They cannot stand to see each other naked like that so
mostly they are content to be quiet and pretend it’s enough
that the other one is only barely out of reach.

Excerpt from Another two trees, Modern Rasputin, Rosa Lyster

Two Trees opens on 11 June, 2019 at 17:30 and will run until 6 July. Rosa Lyster has written a creative response to the works in this exhibition To request this, or for further enquiries, please contact Jana Terblanche at