Istanbul artist exhibits at Oliewenhuis

Diana Page, a South African multi-disciplinary artist who lives in Istanbul.

Diana Page, a South African multi-disciplinary artist who lives in Istanbul, will be exhibiting at Oliewenhuis Art Museum later this month. Her solo exhibition, Walking on a rim of light, will be exhibited in the Reservoir.

Page’s work explores transnational existence and ideas about space, home and identity through painting and the parallel practices of drawing, digital animation, and performance. “My experience of one home always occurs in counterpoint to the other. My memory and imagination of these two places is informed by constant drawing and revisiting of images along the Bosphorus, where I have my studio,” she said.

Page’s work skirts abstraction – the images are suggestive, fluid and not descriptive. She embraces an approach to contemporary painting that favours chance and whimsy over absolutism and certainty. Some paintings appear almost as line drawings, whilst others have a highly layered and lively surface – a lush, painterly surface reflecting a history. Walking on a rim of light includes new large as well as more intimate wall-based paintings, editioned photographic and digital prints, including digital presentations of Page’s sketchbooks. Digital video pieces of Page’s performances complete the show.

The opening and walkabout of Walking on a rim of light will take place at 19:00 on 24 February and Fine Art Consultant Les Cohn of Art Source South Africa will conduct the walkabout of the exhibition at 10:00 on 25 February. Entrance is free of charge for both events.

Walking on a rim of light can be viewed until 10 April at Oliewenhuis Art Museum. For more information contact 051 011 0525 or

Justine Fortuin