Into the Light is an exhibition of Arabella’s recent work. It is inspired by an exploration of patterns found in the play of light and dark on natural forms. Her paintings and sculptures use an abstract language of semi-symbolic glyphs discovered in these patterns. The primary principal underpinning her work though is the belief in the importance of process.
Arabella will be doing a performance painting with cellist Jessica Bailey . In this public space they will give visitors to the gallery the experience of sharing their creative process they engage in.
Jessica Bailey and Arabella Caccia will be performing 10.00 – 13.00 Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th August .
There after Arabella will be in the gallery from 10.00- 13.00 on weekdays.
Part of the Everard Read Franschhoek 2017 exhibition, this sculpture is one of the Five Elements (Fire, Air, Water, Earth and Wood).
The concept is that they stand together in a circle separated by enough space to walk between them. The sculpture was made from over 70 pieces of bronze, each piece a glyph derived from the abstracted shapes found in the patterns of nature.
Each piece was carved out of wax then gated and dipped in the ceramic dip before being cast in bronze.
The glyphs are then finished off and assembled, welded and bent to form the final piece, through which light can move and shadows fall.
The sculpture was then patinated using pure ultramarine pigment in a milk paint base.
My fascination with patterns found in bark has extended to the kinds of patterns made by the erosion of rock formations . In April I visited Nature’s Valley where I took silicon moulds of some of the pitted and striated rocks on the edge of the sea between Nature’s Valley and the Salt River mouth.
On the 16 th January 2016 the great Chapman’s Baobab tree fell down after commanding a majestic place on the edge of the Makgadikdadi Plains, for some say as long as 2000 years. I visited the tree in 2014 and was devastated when I heard about it. I immidately suggested to Ralph Bousfield who had hosted me at Jacks Camp in 2014 that I would like to go back and make silicon moulds of some of the carvings that people had made in the bark of the tree, including Livingston who is thought to have carved a cross on the trunk in 1852. I was able to return and I spent 3 days taking moulds from the tree and then went to visit Greens Tree which is also marked by a cross carved by Livingston and a inscription recording Greens Expedition of 1858. The plan is to cast some of the inscriptions into bronze for the museum at Jack’s Camp.
At my studio at 11 Windsor Road, we have formed The Kalk Bay Artist’s Collective, we are 4 artists, Chris Bladen, Jean Tiran, Pete Strydom and myself. There are studios, a foundry and an exhibition space. Please have a look at The Kalk Bay Artists Collective. We are open to visitors by appointment on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +27824517733.