Robyn Denny

Cork and Cacau: Art meets Design
A collaborative exhibition between Robyn Denny and Wiid Design in Cape Town


Join the artist, designer and curator
11am Saturday 15th of May
Joaquim Sá to open the exhibition
Walkabouts between 12.00 and 14.00

11am Saturday 22nd of May
Curator Els Van Mourik will host a conversation between art writer Ashraf Jamal, artist Robyn Denny, and designer Laurie Wiid van Heerden.

Walkabouts between 12.00 and 14.00

Wiid Design
15 Baker Street, Observatory, Cape Town

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Portugal is the conceptual lattice through which Robyn Denny’s ‘Traces of Untold Stories’, and designer Laurie Wiid’s cork designs intertwine. Denny’s series of inks and stills, which includes a video installation, was inspired by her visits to the “Chocolate Islands” of Sao Tomé and Príncipe – Portuguese slave colonies giving the world cacao until the early twentieth century. When Laurie Wiid visited ‘Corticeira Amorim’ in Portugal, and the nearby cork forests, he saw in this sustainable material unprecedented design applications.

For Robyn Denny, ‘Traces of Untold Stories’ bears testimony to the fruits of an artistic process which has grappled with a tension arc from colonial trauma to contemporary healing and renewal. Robyn Denny’s ink paintings, prints and video stills evoke the chocolate plantation ruins of Príncipe Island, created more than 35 million years ago from volcanic lava. The ancestral echo in these ruins haunted Denny, but she was also riveted by the natural world bursting through the decaying buildings. In the charnel ground of collective historical loss are the seeds of rejuvenation.

Nicol Ritchie