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Singing the bluesDalene Pierini & José Vermeij
5 July 2019 to 23 July 2019
Dalene Pierini studied Textile Design (1983 - 1985) at the then Pretoria Technikon. She works in various media: pencil, charcoal, oil paint, watercolour, collograph prints, etching, and more recently experimenting with cyanotype.
Originally from the Netherlands, and having stayed in the US for a few years, artist Jose Vermeij lives in South Africa since 2015. Just before moving here she took classes for three years at the Academie Voor Schone Kunsten Arendonk, Belgium to pursue an art degree in printmaking. Here she continues taking art classes in different mediums.
When the opportunity was presented for Dalene and Jose to exhibit together, they contemplated a theme and a medium. They decided on cyanotype as medium because both can apply their strengths, and the colour blue is a unifying element. Dalene makes phenomenal drawings and Jose likes to work in mixed media with photographs.
Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a Cyan-blue print. Paper is coated with a mixture of two photosensitive chemicals. Objects or negatives are then placed on the dry paper and exposed to UV light which reacts with the chemicals and starts a chain reaction which results in ferrocyanide, or the pigment Prussian blue. Hence the well-known term blueprint.
With Singing the Blues they wanted to give the above process a more creative turn. It’s perfectly suited to use more than one medium. Dalene uses negatives of her drawings of ‘fins and feathers’ and other objects to create her cyanotypes. Jose uses original photos, plastic and other objects to create her prints on ‘the threats that endanger our oceans’. Embossing, Indian ink and linocut print is used to add detail and finish the artworks.