Artwork by Kristen McClarty made of fabric and stitches in shades of brown and white.

Upcoming Exhibition: FABRICATION

The upcoming art exhibition 'Fabrication:  A Message Folded, Moulded and Stitched', brings together eight artists working in various media, borne out of a rich history of craft, but that have now moved to a place of acceptance as contemporary art.

The exhibition will be presented in two locations: at StateoftheART Gallery in Cape Town from 24 September – 15 October 2022 and Gallery 2 in Johannesburg from 19 November 2022 - 9 January 2023.


This exhibition focusses on the exciting interplay between an idea and a tactile response of forming that idea with the hands, using a process that is associated with craft, but elevating the making to contemporary art. “She makes things with her hands. It’s as if her synapses were connected directly to her fingers,” as Maria Buszek so aptly articulated in her collection of academic essays Extra/Ordinary:  Craft and Contemporary Art. Thoughts transferred to a piece of art.

Each of the exhibiting artists has skills learnt, often from mothers or other women, or through their own needs and practices. Skills that were intended to be utilised to make things to use and mend and keep their hands busy. But instead, they are making things that have been “transformed into autonomous artistic creations and seen as detached from traditional contexts” (Karin E. Peterson “How the Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary” – in Buszek’s book referred to above). The idea of the exhibition was to bring these objects together in a place, so that the thread or connection between the art pieces and the original skills is accepted and apparent; an exposé of contemporary art founded on traditional skills.

What is present in each piece is an idea, or train of thoughts.  A message that has travelled from the artist’s brain, through their neural passages, their synapses, to the nerves that control their hands and what they do. So that each piece becomes their message, a concept intertwined with the fabrication of the piece. The meaning or message of the piece need not be fixed by the artist; the exhibition viewer encounters the piece – they examine and read the title or the statement, and find relevance, based on their own lived experience.  
Each artist weaves their own story through their fabricated pieces of contemporary art.

View more about the exhibition here.


Exhibiting Artists: Katja Abbott, Cathy Abraham, Willemien De Villiers, Laurel Holmes, Maia Lehr-Sacks, Kristen McClarty, Jo Roets, Lindsay Quirk

Opening Saturday 24 September 11am - 3pm, StateoftheART Gallery
Opening Speaker: Gretchen van der Byl at 12pm
Conceptualised by: Kristen McClarty
Curated by: Kristen McClarty and Laurel Holmes

The Cape Town showing of the exhibition opens on 24 September and closes on 15 October 2022. Please contact Jennifer Reynolds of StateoftheART Gallery for more information.