Guns & Rain offers contemporary fine art online by emerging artists from Africa.
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Revealing the seams, layers and echoes of the steps in the processes of making.
Thina Dube uses his own handmade paper for his works, and layers stitching, painting and various materials.
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Bev Butkow’s layers of various inks and paints create fragmented images that explode with the energy of an irruptive moment.
Butkow’s artworks are tiny, intricate motions that build and layer into frantic, sometimes colossal pictures. A slight utterance builds on another, and another. Different, sometimes clashing, courses of ink and paint meet or submerge each other.
Butkow uses nail polish in this portrait of female activism. She physically paints a lesser acknowledged part of ‘woman’ over, on top of, the iconic image of the activist. With this gesture, Butkow prompts us to view feminine identity not as one coherent picture, but rather as a fragmented, layered, processual entity.
Language is a crucial layer in our personal collage. Here, Dube prompts us to question how much of who we are is what, and how, we speak.
Change is a modification of familiar structures, and that often brings about uncertainty of the new. The works in this exhibition, however, highlight the productive capacity of the chaos of change. In this very chaos something new is made, or some-one grows to be a whole self.