28 May – 25 June 2015
Angela Briggs presents 'Stay', a series of 9 new paintings. In 'Stay' we see Briggs move towards a strong emphasis on materiality and the painted surface: drips, rubbing out and vertical and horizontal brushwork brings attention to the two dimensionality of the work. It is in the negotiation with materials and the surface that qualities of the chosen subjects begin to emerge. These subjects are conceptually anchored to familiar places across the South African landscape: the Biedouw Valley, Mdumbi and Sandy Bay to name a few. In this way the viewer is invited to feel connections to and departures from places they may resonate with. For the artist, the work lies between the visible and invisible, and carries a sense of exhalation, “…a kind of frail embodiment, an expansion of the possible”.
Angela Briggs (b.1968, Keiskammahoek) employs the natural world as a starting point in her painting. Briggs has had several solo exhibitions including ‘Entangled’ (2013) at Commune.1 and ‘There but not there’ (2012) and ‘Flow’ (2010) at the AVA. She lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.