Art, Science, and Psyche meet at UCT
By Travel Opulent Box · On Feb 22, 2019
9 – 30 March 2019, UCT Pathology Learning Centre, University of Cape Town
Contemporary Cape Town artist, Natasja de Wet, has chosen to exhibit a selection of her latest body of work Melancholia (2017) at the University of Cape Town’s Pathology Learning Centre.
Including some of her most personal and emotive mixed-media pieces, the exhibition explores both the fragility and generative possibilities of the human condition. Inspired by the melancholic disposition, De Wet works with layered canvas, paint, glue, and discarded materials including hair, dust, ash, turpentine, and broken feathers found on her studio floor.
Situated among preserved pathology specimens, these works made from detritus evoke a sense of what is residual and damaged – in the human body, the psyche, and the practices of art-making. Together, De Wet’s three-dimensional assemblages and the space of the UCT Pathology Learning Centre question the very nature of what it means to be human – to be vulnerable and broken but also resilient.
Melancholia opens to the public on Saturday 9 March 2019.
Walkabout takes place on Thursday 14 March at 6pm.