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Imperfectly Perfect

Marié Vermeulen Breedt & Madeleine Henning
5 November to 27 November 2021

The Association of Arts Pretoria proudly presents a dual exhibition:  Imperfectly Perfect depicting the beauty of ravaged bodies by ceramic artists Madeleine Henning and Marié Vermeulen-Breedt.
 
Madeleine Henning states:  “The female figure as an object of beauty is an ageless concept in artistic depiction. The social standard of what constitutes female beauty changes with time and culture, but a constant theme of wholeness prevails.
 
“The physical loss and trauma caused by breast cancer treatment permanently tarnishes perceived physical beauty.  In my work female figures are only recognizable through the portions of clay that have been deliberately cut away and display perfect female beauty in its imperfect, broken form.  “My work is inspired by my own personal struggle with the permanent physical results of breast cancer treatment.  Clay gives me the opportunity to accept these imperfections by finding a way to identify and bring to life a different type of perfection through the imperfect.”
 
On the other hand Marié Vermeulen-Breedt declares:  “This exhibition is an expression of the raw emotion - foreign to me both as person and artist - that I experienced.  I have always felt in charge of my life, but had to come to terms with illness, amputations, a grandchild’s cerebral palsy, farm murders etc., all culminating in the Covid-19 pandemic.  Certainly I couldn’t continue painting only idyllic scenes.  “This theme -  Imperfectly Perfect  - is a combination of my experiences and an intense interest in the reliquaries of the 15th & 16th  centuries, the ceramics of the Della Robbia family  and books of the middle ages illustrating punishment for sins.  “The busts are my own saints, depicting illness or affliction; the vases are reactions to horrific events and the panels showcase my preoccupation with the loss of limbs or reason.  I use ceramics because it symbolises our fragile, precarious existence as it is such a fragile medium in itself.”
 
However, the exhibition Imperfectly Perfect is neither sombre nor depressing and promises to be a highlight on the artistic calendar. 
Marie Verneulen Breedt - St Therese revisited
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Black Madonna
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Black Pope
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Burnt Sienna
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Celebrating otherness
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - The mark
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Imperfect vision
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Terracotta muse
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Sanctity
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Illuminated idol
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Skindeep
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Patroon ikoon
Madeleine Henning - Almost reconstructed 1
Madeleine Henning - Don't look inside
Madeleine Henning - Almost reconstructed 2
Madeleine Henning - Don't look inside
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Ship of fools
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Earthly pleasures I
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Earthly pleasures II
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Station
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Milo's muse
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Picnic at Tiergarten Strasse
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - The chosen
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - The burn
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - The patient
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Idiots cage
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Bonded
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Kom na my almal wat vermoeid is
Madeleine Henning - Pain for beauty 2
Madeleine Henning - Distraction
Madeleine Henning - Distraction
Madeleine Henning - Pain for beauty 1
Madeleine Henning - This is who I am 2
Madeleine Henning - This is who I am 1
Madeleine Henning - This is who I am 3
Madeleine Henning - True beauty
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Agony and ectasy
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Teddybear's picnic
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Corona
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Pierre Jean's vase
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - All lives matter
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - The gathering
Marie Vermeulen Breedt - Cry the beloved country
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