PATHWAYS : a solo exhibition by Tanya Sternberg
Show opens 19 October 2017 from 6pm till 8pm
Exhibition continues till 11 November 2017 at 2pm.
50 Buitenkant Street, Cnr Roeland & Buitenkant Street, Cape Town.
Galley hours: 10 - 5 Tues to Friday, 10 - 2 Saturdays
The Okavango Delta is a vast area which is flooded annually, a process that forms thousands of waterways that bring a sense of renewal and rebirth. It is a land that epitomises change and creation with a vibrant energy that is unapologetically perfect.
This body of work explores the myriad of pathways presented to us in our lives – how we flow through space and time, changing course over and over again. The work is diverse and spontaneous, capturing the wildness and beauty of the Delta.
The paintings examine the landscape from divergent perspectives, from aerial views that approach abstraction to close-ups of flowers, reeds and reflections. Everywhere is the feeling of water – by turns luminous, inky, murky or iridescent. Sternberg charts the transformations that water brings to the region: stormy palm trees and raging, turbulent waters, expansive silent vistas and wild wetlands, flaming reeds and abundant lily pads.
In stark contrast to the vivid paintings are the graphic linear drawings and paperworks. Topographical and flowing, the works echo the constantly changing landscapes of the Delta and within ourselves. They give time to pause and reflect.
Products of the studio, they question the feelings that may come after the floods. Through the drawings, the artist explores how an experience might change us: “Each and every experience and interaction whether it be mundane, stunning or tragic seeps into the fibre of our being, constantly creating emotions that must be acknowledged, appreciated and recognised…otherwise what is the point of these continuous moments that make up our lives?”
artist proceeds are being donated to Operation Smile and Afrika Tikkun