‘ISOLATION’ – A FOCUS: 11 PAINTINGS FROM 1976-2000 – MARGARET NEL, 30 JUN 2021 – 12 AUG 2021
EBONY/CURATED CAPE TOWN
Wednesday 30th June 2021
Continues until 12th August 2021
EBONY CURATED is pleased to present a focus on Margaret Nel, highlighting 11 selected paintings from 1976 – 2000. Based in Pretoria, Nel’s paintings are best known for their stark, conceptually challenging figurative and still life imagery, striking use of colour and candid commentary on the human condition.
The recurring presence of a figure in the works would remain a primary vehicle for Nel to express themes of psychological distress and isolation.
In the late 1980s, Nel’s work intuitively moved towards Postmodernism, with more complex compositions and an emphasis on iconoclasm thereby allowing and encouraging multiple interpretations of her work. The loss of individual control became a dominant theme during this decade.
‘Isolation’ provides a glimpse into the artist’s constant awareness of ostracization, social displacement, and the direct relationship between our environments and their effect on us. Her works also comment on political transitions within her own country and transitions of growing up within her own family and the vulnerability that comes along with that. With the coinciding of emigration and climate change, Nel’s work became centred around scarcity of resources and a concern of inadequate physical and emotional preparedness for the future.
Works on Exhibition
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