Kalashnikovv Gallery is pleased to present ‘After Midnight’ by Yolanda Mazwana – a solo exhibition of works on paper and canvas. This Saturday, 10th April at 11am at 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein for the exhibition opening.
After Midnight features new paintings on canvas and on paper, many of which were created during the artist’s recent residency at the Nirox Art Foundation.
Yolanda Mazwana continues to explore the concept of fear and understanding the distinction between rational or “real fear” and the irrational ”free-ﬂoating fear”.
‘Drawing from the dank layers of the mind, Yolanda has created a strange cast of creatures. “I created these creatures that are half-human and half-creature as a way to merge together the rational and irrational. It’s been a process that involves trying to realise the difference between the two and understand those emotions in a bigger sense,” says the artist. Without using theatrical dynamics to achieve it, fear (or an eerie feeling at the least) is an event that manifests itself in Yolanda’s work.’
Soft, supple and human-like their pink forms ﬂoat ominously in an opaque background made of a solution of blue paint and water. The artist didn’t intend for the ﬁgures to be the unsettling and grotesque forms that they are, ‘it just sort of happened’, Mazwana says. These creatures and landscapes are in fact richly personal to the artist who has endowed them with emotions. She describes them as feeling ‘more afraid than they are scary’. The source of their fears being the internal struggle caused by experiencing heightened levels of anxiety and exaggerated or irrational thought patterns related to hypochondria.