A Collaborative exhibition between Fiona Rowett and Threads that Bind Us
No 5 on Hudson Art Gallery announced the inaugural solo exhibition of South African artist Fiona Ewan Rowett. The exhibition runs from 9 February 2019, featuring her latest collection of timeliness and sophisticated artworks.
Rowett has hosted over 30 solo exhibitions and featured as a prominent contributor to group exhibitions during her extensive career dating back to inception at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in the mid 70’s.
Her work can be seen in corporate and private collections represented by illustrious galleries throughout Johannesburg and the Western Cape.
“Over the 40 years of painting I’ve used various symbols to convey emotion or hint at an idea. It’s been interesting to see how these symbols have evolved over the years.” Says Rowett. “In this exhibition one of my favourites - the pot - is seen in the majority of works, sometimes becoming more abstract and then in some only a hint/outline can be seen. I started using the pot as a symbol of the home/security, after moving house several times in close succession. Letters are combined with the pot as so much in life revolves around conversations at meal times.”
Rowett draws from life experiences, leaning towards suggestion rather than statements or descriptions. Painting mostly in mixed media, she seeks to make her spontaneous mark using a variety of subjects, landscapes, abstracts, figures and floral studies. The art piece is a collage at times, layering, rubbing, adding and removing paint as she goes along; Applying more paint as forms emerge and disappear, until the perfect balance is reached. The challenge for her is “to capture those moments and create a visual beauty” - she says; “In my 71st year I’m more interested in conveying emotion using abstract mark-making alone and doing away with any symbol – a much more challenging and difficult task, but very rewarding when the balance is achieved.”
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