My work is based entirely on gesture and mark making; its inherent integrity of expression as the communicating force for the experience stored in both the subconscious and conscious memory of the body and the mind. The movement of paint across the surface of the plate or the canvas is key to the image-making which winds along a balancing line between the figurative and the abstract.
The underlying emphasis in most of my work is to question and explore what it is to be in the world; what it is to be present; how we as individuals, and as a species, inhabit the space we call the 'self'.
Half Chinese and half English, born in Nigeria and now living in Cape Town, Shui-Lyn White was brought up on poetry, music and art in the middle of the savannah, triangulated between three world influences in culture, thinking and the arts, Western and African. After studying printmaking with South African master printer, Christiaan Diedericks, she set up her own studio dedicated to the art of the monotype. A background of mixed cultures combined with family histories mired in migration, exile and war sparked a lifelong curiosity into the role of belonging in the development and destruction of the individual and society; into the validity of these imagined inter-subjective fictions/constructs such as belonging and identity in the formation of the self. The underlying emphasis in her work is to question and explore what it means to be in the world; what it is to be present; how we as individuals, and as a species, inhabit and invent the space we call the self, and how this impacts the world around us. Shui-lyn’s work is almost entirely based on gesture and mark-making. The emphasis is on the inherent integrity of gesture to communicate the experience stored subconsciously and consciously in the body and mind. The moment that paint is applied across the working surface is key in the formation of the image which balances precariously between the abstract and the figurative.” In 2017 Shui-lyn was honoured with selection and a special invitation by Chief Curator, Morgan Doyle, for the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers Masters Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery in London.
The Absence of Gravity: solo exhibition at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in Durbanville.
Collective Amnesia: solo exhibition at Alliance Française
The Human Cosmos (Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville)
New Works (Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville)
Fate Amenable to Change (Salon91, Cape Town)
Lightly Seared on the Grill of Reality (Gesseau Contemporary, Johannesburg)
Fragile (Gesseau Contemporary, Johannesburg)
Return to the Source (New York)
Ecco Spiritus (Gesseau Contemporary, Johannesburg)
Anthology (Gesseau Contemporary, Johannesburg)
The Marks We Make - StateoftheART, Cape Town
The Battersea Art Fair, London
The Masters One Off (Bankside Gallery, London)
Tulbagh Arts (Tulbagh)
Space and Spaces (Hermanus Fynarts - prize winner)
Kanon21 Open Studios (Cape Town)
Alliance Française (Johannesburg)
Alliance Française (Cape Town)
Living Rites (Constitution Hill, Johannesburg)
2004 Prometheus Unbound (Change Partners Corporate Coaching, Johannesburg)
2006 Wom(B)an (book launch, Johannesburg)
2007 Living Spaces (Biovac Institute, Cape Town)
2007 Our Land (Ericsson, Zambia)