right now i’m just over 36 weeks pregnant and consequently not getting out of the house much. but i do browse Instagram – a lot. when i’m wide awake at 2am, when i’m lying on the couch with my swollen feet propped up on a pillow, when i’m in the bath wondering how i’m going to manoeuvre myself out of the tub when i’m done. a lot. that’s how i saw this amazing new exhibition by Capetonian artist Kirsten Sims, which opened at Salon 91 last week. i immediately emailed the gallery and asked if any of the work was still available to buy. nope, all sold out! *crying emoji*. and for good reason, too…

You Are Here is a visual quest for space and a desire to go on imaginary adventures to find the place between being lost and found. This body of work is both an exploration of narrative on a larger format and an investigation of how abstract mark making can be combined with figurative story telling. Telling stories on a larger scale feels overwhelming and exciting and that feeling is what I want to investigate with this exhibition. Using old magazines, personal photographs and the infinite rabbit holes of the Internet as my points of departure I explore the landscapes and stories from the area ‘where the pin drops’. As always my focus is on people, places, parties, palms and pets…

i love the way she depicts night skies, crackling fires and fast flowing waterfalls just with her paintbrush – amazing. You Are Here is currently on show at Salon 91 until 23 April, you definitely need to go see it (as art is always better in person). images courtesy of the gallery, photos by Bryan Viljoen.

Limoncello
Limoncello
Fairweather Family Photograph
Fairweather Family Photograph
Never Ever Land
Never Ever Land
Love Game
Love Game
Rapunzel's Retreat
Rapunzel’s Retreat
Niknak Paddy Whack
Niknak Paddy Whack
The Feminists
The Feminists
The Goddess Pool
The Goddess Pool
Spirit Animal Convention
Spirit Animal Convention
Where Husbands Live
Where Husbands Live
No Tinder at the Table
No Tinder at the Table
Ducked Off
Ducked Off
Jades Surrender
Jades Surrender
Commotion
Commotion
Loosely Based on Real Events
Loosely Based on Real Events
You are Here
You are Here
O Heavens!
O Heavens!
That'll be the Frosty Friday
That’ll be the Frosty Friday
Night in Shining Armour
Night in Shining Armour
At the End of the Day
At the End of the Day
Leap Year
Leap Year
Onward Ho I
Onward Ho I
Onward Ho II
Onward Ho II
Trying to Leave the Party Quietly
Trying to Leave the Party Quietly
The Sky was Faking It
The Sky was Faking It
Amethyst Morning
Amethyst Morning
Night bus to nowhere
Night bus to nowhere
Die Poort
Die Poort
Grin and Bear it
Grin and Bear it
Capetonian Sundowner
Capetonian Sundowner

 

23 Comments

  1. Her work left me speechless! I absolutely love it! There is something about paintings reminding me of childhood, kinda specific memories blur, that really gets you emotionally, but at the same time those names, so sharp, edgy! So cool!

  2. I love this so much – thank you! good luck with the upcoming baby!

  3. i LOVE these! thanks for sharing! the waterfall ones are my favorite. reminds me of children’s book illustrations as well…

  4. Her style is reminiscent of Ludwig Kirchner; she is a modern day German Expressionist in Cape Town. I am also most drawn to her depictions of the heavens at night.

  5. Love the feminists one.. and what she does with those waterfalls. But I think my favorites are surprisingly the landscape ones — leap year and o heavens! Something beautiful about them while maintaining the playful style of painting. Thanks for sharing!

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