Creating art with found objects

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Found Object Re-born, a solo exhibition by artist Penny George, is currently being exhibited in the Annex Gallery at Oliewenhuis Art Museum.

The exhibition is a visually enticing collection of re-worked found objects and includes the use of various media and processes including embossing, glass engraving and drawing. George’s passion is to sensitively re-work discarded and redundant found objects, giving them new life by turning them into works of art and so re-purposing them.

The artist’s visual repertoire, spanning more than nine years, expresses her primary attraction and fascination with the rituals of death and burial practices. Almost all of her earlier works were inspired by investigation of the material culture and imagery of the Basotho, their rites and ceremonies, and how these were influenced by Western tradition. Her initial pre-occupation with the theme of death continues to refl ect in images echoing the cycle of life and death. These works often suggest decay – the found object refl ecting the physical changes that occur with death. George’s current work reveals a growing range of techniques and materials by coalescing life and death, beauty and corrosion, organic and inorganic, bringing us face to face with the essence of humanity.

George has participated in numerous local and international exhibitions, including a solo exhibition DK, at gordart Gallery in Johannesburg in 2007, and in 2014 her work was included in a group exhibition that travelled to Paris, France
titled DIALOGUES 2013. A number of her works are included in corporate and museum collections, including the ABSA Collection and the permanent collection of Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein.

Found Object Re-born can be seen until 8 February 2015.