Salon Ninety One presents ‘In Praise of Shadows’, a solo exhibition by Amber Moir. Working exclusively with watercolour monotypes, Moir’s unconventional approach to printmaking explores and reconstitutes the limitations of traditional monotype techniques. Her large works are a confluence of painting and print, the result of the intensely physical and unpredictable process of printing with a manual pitch roller. She believes that the challenges of working with her chosen process allow the works to have more meaning than if her method were predictable and easily controlled. The presence of Moir’s body in the process of making the work is evident in the gashes, strips of folded fabric and uneven printed surfaces characteristic of her art.
‘In Praise of Shadows’ echoes the sentiment of the essay by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki after which it is named. The show also puts particular focus on the “woman of old” – depicted in Tanizaki’s text as existing so deep within the shadows of the home that she is “inseparable from darkness”- as Moir moves this ambiguous figure to the centre of her work.
The exhibition opens on 27 February at 6.30pm.
Venue: Salon Ninety One, 91 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Time: 10am to 6pm Tue to Fri | 10am to 2pm Sat | Sundays, Mondays & Public Holidays by appointment