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Amalie von Maltitz & Students of the Stalhuis Sculpture Studio
8 May 2015 to 20 May 2015
Walkabout: Saturday 16 May 2015 at 11h00
Columns of clay might sound impossible, but not to Amalie von Maltitz, who has developed a method of constructing her clay sculptures of more than a metre. Several years ago, a suggestion from Edoardo Villa inspired her to concentrate on the vertical form, giving rise to a series of "Columns". This seeming restriction has been the leitmotiv for several years, with varied themes finding their realisation within the vertical structure. Earlier drawings of trees, photographs of rock outcrops, vague structures floating in a semi-asleep state, all contribute to visual possibilities.
This exhibition will show the works created since 2013, with the maquettes and medium sized development of each sculpture. With the view to it being a special year in Amalie's life, she will also give us a taste of her past career, featuring some wood carvings and working drawings.
In 2004 Joan Berman, who had attended classes with Amalie 30 years previously, inspired her to start teaching in her studio. Over the years, a close-knit group has evolved, with students going through initial exercises, before being let loose to develop their own creative language. This process has been a rewarding experience, as teacher and students are reciprocally gaining from the exchange of ideas and growth of sculptural quality, exploring the myriad possibilities offered by the essential material, clay.
Participating students: Michéle Deeks, Diane Ebersohn, Gerald Kollenberg, Madeleine Kuhn, Neo Molopi, Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi, Monica van den Berg, Carolina van der Poel, Querardien van Vliet & Pascale Willem.
With this exhibition, art lovers have the chance to explore a total milieu of artistic creativity.