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Tamantha Williams

24 February to 16 March 2024

Opening at 11:00 on Saturday 24 February at the Association of Arts Pretoria is a new exhibition by Tamantha Williams.  The medium here is predominantly watercolour, charcoal and ink.
The artist states: “The premise is how we perceive the world and those around us based on our senses which then influence our views.  Every instant of perception is based on the wellness of the thought foundation the senses rest on - if they are based on a skewed thought system, chances are the perceptions we have are skewed as well.  Grounded in the tumultuous reactionary process each instant becomes a variable and is uncertain in its outcome.  Our coping mechanism therefore is fragmentation.” 
“The intention of the exhibition is the presentation of multiple works representing the above thought process(es).  Some of the works have been completed, but not yet framed.  Larger pieces are in progress.  The aim of the exhibition it to entice the viewer to question what is seen, based on the mind.  All works resulted from a travel and art exploration in France during March and April 2023.”
Tamantha Williams is a multidisciplinary artist based in Midrand.  Qualifying as a Landscape Architect in 1994, she worked within this field in South Africa and Botswana.  After some years she moved on to opening her own Graphic Design Company and from that she proceeded to study Visual Arts at Unisa.  Whilst studying Visual Arts she won an award in a Recycled Art Exhibition with an installation piece.  She has actively been part of group art exhibitions since 2019.  In 2021 and 2023 her work was selected for the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition.  

At the moment her focus is on the illusion of separation we seem to embrace unknowingly with the underlying commentary of how we live the truths we decide on.  Through her art she investigates basic thought processes about guilt, forgiveness, love, time, conflict, isolation, eternity and separation in search of answers to ‘what is human?’
On gritted teeth - Sold
Analyzing darkness
Fallacy of depreciation
Un group de fetards
To single out specialness
Hold it not dear
Illusional distance
Always and already
Only illusions need defence
In pursuit of specialness
Fragmentation of flight
Fragmentation in adjustment
Fear fragmenting emotion
What is one cannot have separate parts - Sold
I breathe for you
Fanatic insistence
The flip of a coin - Sold
Nothing contents the restless mind
The need for more, but the fear of less
What merely is needs no defence
The volatile has no direction - Sold
Keeper of the quiet centre
Fear, the hero on love's throne
The verdict
Freedom solidified
Where conflicting values meet
Time cannot intrude upon eternity
Means and ends are never separate
Intoxication of ease
Surrounded by stillness so complete
What is everything leaves room for nothing
He is not here to stop the riot - he organized it - Sold
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