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Philippa Graff Kotzen to exhibit her paintings at The Studio in Highlands North

Published: 19 November 2013

Philippa Graff Kotzen is exhibiting her paintings at The Studio, Jauncey Street, corner of Merriman Ave in Highlands North ext on Sunday, 1 December from 11:00 to 17:00. It is the unplanned, involuntary visual experience that Kotzen translated into compositions on canvas.

Kotzen says, "I capture the moment in photo. It is the unplanned, involuntary visual experience that I translate into compositions on canvas. I am intrigued by the wealth of design, pattern and colour in nature and manmade artifacts, architecture and textiles. I respond with my emotional retort. It is the composition or item stripped to the bare essentials that pleases me."

"I am moved by devastation in war and natural disasters, and associate the primitive instinct of man to survive, as nature’s power to regrow and revive. I am fascinated by the resilience in both man and nature. In the same way, peace and happiness has a spontaneous effect on nature. I take pleasure in a hosepipe rolled up after watering plants and the dead headed roses that land on the ground. I relish in the linear rhythm of trees in a forest. In my fascination with interiors I see a used cup of coffee, sugar bowl or teabag on a plate, as unplanned and spontaneous."

"My palette is determined by an emotional response to an image. I layer paint on canvas, and keep layering until thin areas filter through much bolder, thicker paint strokes. The hard edge clean lines are juxtaposed next to more organic areas, and then I pull the painting together by creating a rhythmical lacey effect over the primary format."

"I enjoy looking at the work of photographers and illustrators. I have an aesthetic response to everything and will always find interest in unexpected places. My childhood connected me to aesthetics. I visited construction sites with my architect father, looked at angles and nature, natural forests and manicured gardens, villages growing out of mountain facades with the washing drying in the wind. I saw pot plants placed on a wall in rural communities as special and looked at the layout of farmland as if it were a painting. The lyrical construction of tin shacks in various colours, against the roadside, in informal settlements impresses me and again I hold onto the resilience of the community. I relish in carpet designs, kilim and dhrury rugs and textiles."

"As a child the forest at the bottom of my garden seemed to symbolise the essence of nature in an urban context. My most recent work has plugged into this primary experience and my paintings have been born from an inner response to the root, the trunk and the branches of trees. However rather than work from the generic concept of a tree, I have been more specific in accessing the soul of particular kinds of trees. Referring to the ancient Celtic symbolism that was used as an alphabet, I have brought into existence personal metaphors for the feelings associated with those trees. Thus each painting evokes a specific mood that connotes that kind of tree," concludes Kotzen.

Join Kotzen for a glass of wine and to view her paintings at The Studio, Jauncey Street, corner of Merriman Ave in Highlands North ext on Sunday, 1 December from 11:00 to 17:00.

For more information, phone 083 225 5786.

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