Maid of Africa is well known for it’s quirky charm of distinctly modern and rural African narrative .
from 17 Feb to 13 March 2018
Official opening: Tuesday, 5 March, 2019 Time: 18:00 Duration: 5 to 29 March, 2019 Omba Art Gallery is pleased to host an art and sculpture exhibition by the talented Namibian mother and daughter artist duo, Elna Venter and Comine Bruwer. Reflecting nostalgically upon her childhood, retired art teacher and crafter, Elna Venter, will exhibit a variety of abstract collagraphs (materials applied to rigid substrates) she had made using the intaglio printingmaking technique, on high-quality printing paper. Intaglio is the opposite of relief printmaking and has a very particular effect due to the ink being below the surface of the substrate or plate. Elna's abstract works are reflections of a life-time's collection of emotions, memories, experiences and impressions. Skillfully combined with the intaglio printmaking effect, the subtle accents in her works make them that much more poignant to the observer. Qualified jeweler and designer, Comine Bruwer, is fascinated with form in three dimensions and found sculpting the ideal vehicle to best artistically express herself. Comine's preferred medium for sculpting is bronze but she also incorporates unconventional materials such as resin, clay and glass to add artistic depth and imbue her sculptures with very specific meaning. Her sculptures show, sincerely and honestly, a highly-developed personal aesthetic reflected through the prism of inspiration she holds up to the light for the observer, her own personal well from which she deeply draws most of her inspiration for her sculptures. ABOUT THE ARTISTS Elna Venter began her teaching career at the Windhoek College of Education in Primary School Education and Art. In the course of eighteen years of teaching, she co-authored an arts and crafts guide for teachers and participated in group art exhibitions. After retiring, she managed a stall at the Namibia Craft Centre and delved deeper into developing her conspicuous interest in ceramics and printmaking, in particular. For this, her latest exhibition, entitled Reflection in Form, Elna turns inside herself and reflects back on memorable (and recognisable) aspects of her childhood through the medium of abstract collagraphy, using intaglio printmaking. Comine Bruwer, Elna's daughter, is a Fine Arts (Jewellery Design) graduate from the University of Stellenbosch and had worked as a goldsmith in South Africa and Namibia for ten years prior to moving to Botswana with her husband and children. Her choice to creatively express herself in three-dimensional form found its near-perfect conveyance in the art and craft of sculpting. In spite of a personal preference for pure bronze as sculpting medium, Comine uniquely imprints her sculptures by incorporating a variety of non-linear, unconventional materials into the creative process, such as broken and discarded items. She draws inspiration, externally, from her heritage, new experiences, other cultures, the environment, nature and the people of Africa ... See more