Open: Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm

26 Cork Street, W1S 3ND, London, United Kingdom
Open: Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm


Visit    

Marsi van de Heuvel: Skoonveld

Goodman Gallery, London

Wed 15 Nov 2023 to Fri 22 Dec 2023

26 Cork Street, W1S 3ND Marsi van de Heuvel: Skoonveld

Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm

Artist: Marsi van de Heuvel

Opening reception: Wednesday 15 November, 6pm-8pm

Goodman Gallery presents a series of new paintings by Cape Town-based artist Marsi van de Heuvel, titled Skoonveld - an Afrikaans word selected by the artist for its implied study of the act of disappearing. For these works, the malleable medium of paint is deployed to explore the act of fading as part of the artist’s broader interest in what it means to belong to a place, to a family and to a particular culture.


Artworks

Marsi van de Heuvel, Nourish, 2023

Oil on linen

32 × 42 × 2.5 cm

contact gallery
Marsi van de Heuvel, Best foot forward, 2023

Oil on linen

61 × 61 × 2.5 cm

contact gallery
Marsi van de Heuvel, Reader, 2023

Oil on linen

32 × 42 × 2.5 cm

contact gallery
Marsi van de Heuvel, Vanishing, 2023

Oil on linen

2.5 × 96 × 61.5 cm

contact gallery
Marsi van de Heuvel, Respite, 2023

Oil on linen

32 × 43 × 2.5 cm

contact gallery
Marsi van de Heuvel, Homes, 2023

Oil on linen

44 × 44 × 2.5 cm

contact gallery
Marsi van de Heuvel, In Arms II, 2023

Oil on linen

34 × 43.5 × 2.5 cm

contact gallery
Marsi van de Heuvel, Holding, 2023

Oil on linen

42 × 32 × 2.5 cm

contact gallery
Marsi van de Heuvel, Apple and tree, 2023

Oil on linen

32 × 42 × 2.5 cm

contact gallery
Marsi van de Heuvel, Shiny shoes, 2023

Oil on linen

140 × 95 × 2.5 cm

contact gallery
Marsi van de Heuvel, Suits, 2023

Oil on linen

140 × 95 × 2.5 cm

contact gallery

Added to list

Done

Removed

Applying the word “skoonveld” to the systematic historical erasure of the culture of a diverse group of people whom the apartheid government labelled “coloured”, the artist explores this erasure through her discovery of family photographs that record their experiences living in Upington, Graaff Reinet and Umtata during this period in South Africa’s history:

I use the mediation of these photographs to bridge past to present, to feel out what resonates, what I connect with, what’s worth keeping and to preserve what needs to be re-imagined, reframed, restored, and repaired - van de Heuvel

Cropped compositions recreate ordinary scenes such as children at school, a father holding his young daughter and women dressed in their Sunday best. Inviting the viewer to recognise themselves, their own families and the legacy of identity in the absence of a formally recorded history. This painstaking reinterpretation and commemoration of these photographs explore the lives of her family members through the legacy of trauma caused by apartheid’s racial classifications and forced removals.

Marsi van de Heuvel’s (b. 1987, Cape Town) painting practice investigates a personal familial history as part of a broader reflection of the history of South Africa. Her work specifically explores themes related to place and the complexities around a shared sense of belonging. Van de Heuvel graduated with a Fine Art Diploma from the Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town, in 2010.

Marsi van de Heuvel, Holding, 2023. Oil on Linen. Work: 32 x 42 x 2.5 cm

By using GalleriesNow.net you agree to our use of cookies to enhance your experience. Close