Exhibition 8 December - 8 January
Join us for the opening of Women and Rhythm 5.30pm Friday 8 December.
“I’m really interested in the power women display in everyday acts, and how this has an impact on the people around them,” says artist Kevina-Jo Smith.
“I am also intrigued by the way women adorn themselves; the way colour, texture and symbolism is evident in cultures all over the world. Women seem to encompass both history and modernity; tradition and invention – sometimes without even being aware they’re doing it.”
Three years in the making, Women and Rhythm makes use of materials originally collected as a way for Kevina to process thoughts of life, death, and renewal, after the death of her mother. Kevina has transformed these materials of women’s adornment, including kimonos, buttons and bone, into works that reflect women’s strength, identity, sharing and power.
“Women and Rhythm is an exercise in processing the strength given to me by other women – particularly those around me after my mother passed away,” says Kevina. “These women have given me invaluable strength through shared experience and mutual understanding. There is much power in the way women impart their skills and knowledge to other women.”
“The work in this exhibition is inspired by the framework of life; the strengths and weaknesses within humans and the way we support each other. For me, this work represents the time to get up and move on with life.”
“I hope people come away from the exhibition with a renewed sense of the power of sharing – whether it’s as simple as sharing recipes and passing down life skills, or as complex as breaking down misunderstandings between cultures.”