Written by and published with permission by Dina Kroon
During our lockdown, I discovered all sorts of interesting books and hidden treasures in our art studio library and thought I would like to share some ideas and thoughts with you. I came across a book titled ” The Art of the Print”, authored by Fritz Eichenberg 1976 which grabbed my attention immediately. It started in the first paragraph; quote “The theologian and the poet might agree that “In the beginning was the word,” but the artist would state categorically: “In the beginning was the image”; and it would be difficult to refute him.” This was the beginning of my journey and “hunt” (also the title of the above etching) as an full time and dedicated artist …
We’ve all heard the cliché, “a picture tells a thousand words”, but there is real value in using images to promote historical content. Images help us learn, images grab attention, images explain tough concepts, and inspire. Our love of images lies with our cognition and ability to pay attention. Images are able to grab our attention easily, we are immediately drawn to them.
The power of the greatest art is the power to shake us into revelation and rip us from our default mode of seeing. After an encounter with that force, we don’t look at a face, a colour, a sky, a body, in quite the same way again. … That kind of art seems to have rewired our senses. For instance the famous Guernica (1937) that was created during Picasso’s Surrealist period which captures the horror of the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. By the end of World War II, Picasso had become an internationally known artist and celebrity. See image below..
And so, my journey started on the day of lockdown, in collaboration with master printmaker Collin Cole from The Blue Door Print Studio, based in Johannesburg, South Africa http://www.bluedoorprintstudio.co.za
This venture gave me insight into a whole new world of the print. It was a journey of discovery and self-discovery related directly to the serendipitous and uncontrolled results of the medium. This allowed us the opportunity to explore, play and experiment with various prints, ideas, and themes.
These works became flash cards for memory recollection, the reawakening of the new content and new purpose which resulted in a body of 53 works. The viewing of this exhibition will be on the art.co.za platform as well as the Blue Door Print Studio gallery (look out for the exhibition notification from The Blue Door Print Studio)
During this pandemic, when glimmers of hope have become the need of the hour, the role of art and to be creative became central in our lives. I hope that your story will also have a good ending.
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”— Mother Teresa