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Sculptor, painter and digital artist, Wilma Cruise has had twelve solo shows. She has curated a number of exhibitions including Earthworks: Claybodies (2003 2004) (Pretoria Art Museum; The Standard Bank Gallery and Sasol University of Stellenbosch Museum). Her thirteenth solo exhibition is Cocks Asses & which is currently running at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery.
Musings on Montage
The series of images selected for the Montage exhibition are taken from my A3 workbooks. As an obsessive observer of my own art making process I habitually draw, write, scribble and take notes.
This not the first time that I have worked with the digital printmaking process. As early as 1995 I found a printmaker who was able to enlarge a page of my notebook into a print on canvas for my exhibition, John’s Wife in 1996. The print is now in my collection. In 2005 I again tried the digital printmaking process but put my forays into the medium on hold until the recent discovery of Ricardo Fornoni of Eye2i.
Digital printing is not merely enlargement or reproduction of an existing image. That is a gross misunderstanding of the process. Like intaglio printmaking or photography for that matter, it allows for the production of multiples. But like those other techniques it has its own unique processes and characteristics, which in the hands of the artist and a skilled print maker, allow for a new and particular form of expression.
I often play with aspects of the digital process, in particular the photocopy process, using photocopied fragments. The image could be a ‘found object’ or more often a photograph of one of my sculptures, digitally reproduced and enlarged in black and white. The resultant image is thus a dense layered record of my art making. I enlarge, alter by drawing or erasing and reproduce the image again. On occasion I enlarge the final image to the point of excessive pixelation, (like a lazy Lichtenstein).
The works produced for Montage use this technique. In Noah I and Noah II I used a ‘found object’, a page torn from an in-flight magazine showing the flight paths of KLM over the USA. I scanned the image and overlaid it with drawings of shaman-like figures.
Alexandra Ross :: André Clements :: Andrew Robertson :: Angel Haro :: Chris Saunders :: Christo Doherty :: Daniel Hirschmann :: David Hykes :: David Ross :: Diana Hyslop :: Dinkies Sithole :: Dumisane Phakathi :: Fernando Maquieira :: George Mahashe :: Godfried Donkor :: Jessica Hilltout :: Kagiso Pat Mautloa :: Manolo Belzunce :: Michael Smith :: Michael Wille :: Nils Eichberg :: Olivier Schildt :: Pascual Tarazona :: Paul Freinkel :: Robert Machiri :: Rodney Place :: Roger Ballen :: Sally Shorkend :: Sam Nhlengethwa :: Samson Mnisi :: Thokozani Mthiyane :: Vulindlela Philani Elliott Nyoni :: Wilma Cruise ::