The new Eclectica Deisgn & Art group show looks at the idea of ‘muse’ and its manifestations in the creative process as the core theme for the exhibition. This idea is considered by a select group of South African based artists, where the identity and personification of inspiration is explored in multiple ways. Common in the myths of the expressive process is the embodiment of inspiration in a muse. In Muse Montage several ideas of the concept of a muse is considered within the gallery space.
The patterning of art history and the favouring of the idea of the male ‘genius’ has, in the past, resulted in the concept of the muse as a female body and has been situated comfortably without much questioning. This exhibition can serve as a space where this idea is considered and reconsidered in multiple ways informed by each artist’s creative process. The returning artist, Lars Fischedick explores the more abstract idea of muse as an alternative entity, in contemplation of geometric possibilities in Alp and Der Tacht Schwingt in die Nacht.
To muse over a particular idea or concept is integral to the process of creation. James De Villiers explores facets of energetic manifestations in nature, which then becomes integral in his creative methodology. The repetitive pattern-like formations in his work Fallen Flowers shows his fascination with nature as a starting point on which to muse over. The intricate creations that Mark Rautenbach makes are produced by transformative experience, where found materials are mused over and then reimagined into new artworks. Dave Robertson’s emotional relationship to his subject matter results in expressive paintings saturated with mood and the abstracted presence of a personified muse, while Daya Heller honors the power of women and their innate qualties of vulnerable power and wisdom as inspiration for her work. The dreamlike images, To the Source, by Kathy Ackerman Robins are a visual reference to the past and layered with memory and inspired by nostalgic landscapes.
The idea of musing on a subject ties into the understanding of a group show and the Eclectica gallery, where each cubicle provides a space for the viewer to muse over the work of each artist, while the artworks form a collective focus on the theme to be considered throughout the exhibition.
Muse Montage runs from the 4 August until 22 October 2016.