• Kendall-Leigh Nash

    Kendall-Leigh Nash
    • Artist Statement
      • I find my self deeply inspired by people and nature. I often find myself flowing between these two loves, either separately or simultaneously, combining them to tell a story. I draw from what I want to be surrounded by and use it as a tool to highlight the fact that we should look around us a little more, paying attention to the physical world around us. There’s only so much inspiration you can get from a computer or cellphone screen. To physically, touch, smell and see what’s around us breeds creativity.
    • Biography
      • BA Fine Arts (Rhodes School Of Fine Art)

        Selected Previous Exhibitions:

        Finalist in Tollman Bouchard Finalyson, tondo art competition, 'Reflections' 2017. Hermanus Fynarts Festival.
        Group Exhibition, 'Monuments', Taj Hotel, Cape Town
        Group Exhibition, 'Spring', StateoftheART gallery, Cape Town

        Group Exhibition 'Beneath The Skin', StateoftheART, Cape Town

        Group Exhibition “Drawing the Line”, Art B gallery in Belville.
        Solo Exhibition at I Love My Laundry, Cape Town

        Group Exhibition at Art B gallery in Belville

    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        I am really inspired by Faith 47 and Ruan Huisamen’s work.

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?

        I most admire Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef for the style and detail in his work. I love his use of colour and his ability to capture light so perfectly in his landscapes. You can almost visibly tell what time of day it is, freezing a moment in time like a photograph.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
        My favourite artist of all time is William Kentridge and I was fortunate enough to visit the London Art Gallery to see his work in person.  This made a massive impact on me, because to be able to experience works by some of the greatest artist’s in the world was so inspiring and somewhat surreal.

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
        I am deeply inspired by people and the connection we have to each other, to ourselves and to the things that make us feel alive. This a rather broad topic, but that allows me to choose a concept that I am motivated by at the time and through that, delve deeper into exploring specific idea’s and allowing the space for my work to evolve.

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?
        Before I sit down and start a drawing, I usually have to make sure that the space around me is absolutely clean. I go on a little spring-cleaning mission and then I can sit and give my full attention to my work.

        What do you like most about being an artist?

        I love exploring concepts and ideas. Being able to use that to express myself visually, is really quite fascinating. You not always sure what is going to come out, where your ideas are going to take you and how they will evolve. The process and the journey you take to get to the final result is like a visual journey of my thoughts and beliefs. And the actual physical process of drawing is a form of meditation in it’s own right.

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?
        I usually have to just step away from my work, get perspective by being outdoors and in a space that doesn’t make me feel claustrophobic and then force myself to stop thinking. My mind never switches off!

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        My greatest achievement is just being able to showcase my work on various platforms in an industry that I am so passionate about and I feel so privileged to be apart of that.

        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?
        I definitely want to make a difference, even if it’s just in one persons’ life. I want to get people to think differently about something, something ordinary or even something they haven’t confronted. I want to make people feel something when they look at my work. I don’t think we pay enough attention to our emotional intelligence. It’s an important aspect for the evolution of humanity. But we have to start small; we have to start with ourselves.

        What are your plans for the coming year?
        I plan to work hard on the thing I love doing the most, creating!

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