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Chrisél Attewell

Entabeni Farm in collaboration with SAFFCA welcomes an interesting pairing of artists at the Entabeni Artist Residency in Knysna during the month of August 2019. South African artist Chrisél Attewell worked together with French artist Barbara Schroeder on a collaborative body of work during their 4-week stay at the farm. The two artists met at August House in Johannesburg during Barbara’s residency in August 2018. They quickly discovered a synergy in their approach to life and art despite their differences in age, cultural norms, backgrounds and life experience. They believe that in working together, all these differences can feed and enrich the synergies they share and lead to new possibilities. Both artists are currently being represented by Berman Contemporary in Johannesburg.

The pair arrived in Knysna on the 1st of August and spent the first few days familiarising themselves with their new environment. They quickly realised the devastating impact that the 2017 fires had on the landscape of Knysna. Said to be the biggest wildfire disaster in the history of South Africa, the Knysna fires and the aftermath of it that is still so evident two years later, is the departure point of the body of work that will be presented by Chrisél and Barbara.

The theme that the artists started their investigations on is how nature offers solutions of survival and how this damaged nature welcomes new life. Bost artists hiked for hours on end to examine and focus on the process of renewed life. Together they developed a common project which allows each one to express themselves in their own way and using their own techniques. The two artists joined in their endeavour to place focus on the little and insignificant things during their explorations and to transform it into something that truly occupies space and that in turn, demands attention.

The theme of resilience becomes a golden thread that ties together all of their initial observations, ideas and the progressions thereof. This theme extends past the evident resilience in nature but also places focus on the ineffable quality of the human mind and spirit. In the process of making, the artists associate their personal experiences of adversity and the stories shared by the people of the fire with the ashes from the earth. The work however also focusses on the story of hope, where new life emerges from the ashes. In their body of work, messages of healing, strength and adaptability are explored by bringing attention to small and often overlooked things that in turn, might have a notable effect on a person’s livelihood.

Artists

Chrisél Attewell

Entabeni Farm Artist Residency August 2019

Chrisél Attewell and Barbara Schroeder

Entabeni Farm in collaboration with SAFFCA welcomes an interesting pairing of artists at the Entabeni Artist Residency in Knysna during the month of August 2019. South African artist Chrisél Attewell worked together with French artist Barbara Schroeder on a collaborative body of work during their 4-week stay at the farm. The two artists met at August House in Johannesburg during Barbara’s residency in August 2018. They quickly discovered a synergy in their approach to life and art despite their differences in age, cultural norms, backgrounds and life experience. They believe that in working together, all these differences can feed and enrich the synergies they share and lead to new possibilities. Both artists are currently being represented by Berman Contemporary in Johannesburg.

The pair arrived in Knysna on the 1st of August and spent the first few days familiarising themselves with their new environment. They quickly realised the devastating impact that the 2017 fires had on the landscape of Knysna. Said to be the biggest wildfire disaster in the history of South Africa, the Knysna fires and the aftermath of it that is still so evident two years later, is the departure point of the body of work that will be presented by Chrisél and Barbara.

The theme that the artists started their investigations on is how nature offers solutions of survival and how this damaged nature welcomes new life. Bost artists hiked for hours on end to examine and focus on the process of renewed life. Together they developed a common project which allows each one to express themselves in their own way and using their own techniques. The two artists joined in their endeavour to place focus on the little and insignificant things during their explorations and to transform it into something that truly occupies space and that in turn, demands attention.

The theme of resilience becomes a golden thread that ties together all of their initial observations, ideas and the progressions thereof. This theme extends past the evident resilience in nature but also places focus on the ineffable quality of the human mind and spirit. In the process of making, the artists associate their personal experiences of adversity and the stories shared by the people of the fire with the ashes from the earth. The work however also focusses on the story of hope, where new life emerges from the ashes. In their body of work, messages of healing, strength and adaptability are explored by bringing attention to small and often overlooked things that in turn, might have a notable effect on a person’s livelihood.