Mother Is A Drum by Grace Cross

31 July 2019 to 31 August 2019

Grace Cross, Mother Is A Drum At Smith StudioSmith Studios Present Mother Is A Drum, a solo exhibition by Grace Cross.

For this exhibition, Grace Cross’ subject is the birth of her child and the quiet revelations of motherhood: the pleasures of abiding, of repetition, of surrender, of finding in ordinary devotion the most perfect communion.

Her repertoire of symbols extends to include leaking breasts, spilled milk, hungry mouths, and mashed food. Yet her paintings, for their familiar themes, remain ambiguous offerings. There is the ambiguity of excess, their surfaces thick with accumulated symbols, with strange metaphors and uncertain similes.

Grace Cross holds a BFA from the Michaelis School of Art and an MFA from the University of Illinois in Chicago (2016). She has held various solo exhibitions, been a part of numerous group exhibitions and has a variety of accolades to her name, notably being co-awarded the Judy Steiner Painting Prize in 2010, a Visual Art grant in 2013 from the National Arts Council South Africa, and a 2015 Grant from the Office of Sustainability, University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a repeatedly featured artist at the Investec Cape Town Art Fairs, among others.

The exhibition is being presented at Smith Studio, a gallery of contemporary art.  The gallery is housed in a 230-year-old Heritage site, the only “pakhuis” or warehouse building in the city centre not to have been subdivided. The high-ceilinged gallery covers a floorspace of 43m long and 6m wide, with a glass enclosure or courtyard dividing the front and back gallery areas. Founded in 2014, SMITH has within its stable a number of the country’s outstanding emerging artists. The gallery disregards convention and favours artists producing brave, joyous and timeless work that values and contributes to the discourse of contemporary art in South Africa. SMITH is passionate about creating an environment that deepens the relationship between artists and collectors and works to create unique fine art collections by profiling rare skill from unexpected places.

All are invited to join for the exhibition opening on 31 July.

Venue: Smith Studio, 56 Church St, Cape Town
Time: Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm | Sat 10am to 1pm
Cost: Free

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