Dominique Edwards: Feelthings
From September 26 to October 22, 2019, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town will present Feelthings, a solo exhibition of recent work by Dominique Edwards featuring three-dimensional works in plaster, as well as ink drawings.
Process and labour intensive, the enigmatic plaster forms have evolved intuitively over the past two years. With layers of plastering, additions and extensions, carving away and ultimately sanding to a high-level finish, the work represents an extensive practice-based meditation through the medium of Plaster of Paris. Unlike traditional uses in casting and mould-making, the plaster things of this exhibition are ends in themselves, their insides and their surfaces have been negotiated over long periods in the artists’ studio. The forms, the ‘feelthings’, are found in this way.
As with previous work, under the title of Gutspeak, Dominique Edwards suggests that the space between maker and material is both mysterious and multi-agential, an interaction of knowledge systems and affective entanglements. The stakes are high for this endeavour, are the things we make mere reflections of our inner workings or do they breathe with a similar primordial urge to exist and extend influence? In this way, the work speaks to the androgynous coupling of creative forces in the world, much like the Babylonian creation story of Tiamat, and to other cosmogonic myths, animism, new materialism and theories of effect that challenge the conventional separation and order of things.
Dominique Edwards was born in Kimberley, South Africa, 1980 and raised in Barkly West. She holds a Masters in Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art (2012), a post-graduate certificate in education from the University of Cape Town (2003) and a bachelor in Fine Art from the University of Stellenbosch (2002). Edwards has taught and continues to work with a broad spectrum of students at various FET and tertiary institutions in Cape Town. Her interest resides in the creative process, an area she explores methodologically in her teaching. As an artist, she is interested in the repetitive activity of human labour and notions of time and place which she explores by means of drawing, installation, video and photography.
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