By Annemie Odendaal
As you might remember, I was going to host an Art Exhibition of my work this time last year, but had to postpone it last minute, when I was selected to go to the magical Paris (yay!!!) for a once in a lifetime opportunity, completing an art residency for three months at the Cité Internationale des Arts. It ended on a high note when I had my exhibition at Café des Arts end of January this year, which was not only a great start to my year, but also a highlight in my art career.
Exactly a year later, and I was able to finally share my works with you!!! The exhibition took place at my house on 14 November 2020, which is a fitting venue, since it was such a personal journey for me to get to this point where I could actually share my art with the world. I also gave a demonstration of my lino-cut process in my studio, and everybody seemed to have enjoyed working my printing press! 😉
The artworks for this exhibition is a collection of over 130 pieces I have done in various mediums, and is the result of inspiration I draw from my daily experiences through love, life and my travels, over the past two years (although it feels like yesterday), since my art journey has started.
Through my art I explore the balance between beauty and ugliness, pain and growth, guilt and pride, and how it influences us. I investigate characteristics that shape our personal and social identity, and question stereotypes and conventional thinking through self exploration, culture and gender within my Afrikaans heritage, in a contemporary setting.
Thank you so much for everyone who took the time to come and view my artwork, share a glass of champagne, and escaped for a moment from our busy lives to relax and have some fun. A special thank you to those of you who came from far – I was especially humbled and grateful to see such incredible support from all over. To Marisma and Cor who tirelessly helped me organise everything, I really appreciate your unconditional help and support throughout this journey.
To view a short video of the Art Exhibition opening, click here
To view my catalogue, click here
All works will be available in the shop in the new year if not already there. Feel free to contact us should you have any questions.
“Even though life can be fragile and fleeting, still I’d like to stand still for a moment and reflect on those things that make this journey worth-while, and hopefully inspire you too.”Annemie