Jeanne Gaigher is an exciting young artist from Cape Town whose debut solo show Club is opening at SMITH gallery this week. i first saw her work at a group exhibition earlier this year, and Anton and i immediately bought a piece: this painting that you can see in our study – our first grown up art purchase.
Jeanne has a unique method of painting on layers of scrim, a gauze like cotton textile that’s often used in making curtains. so some of her pieces have qualities of both painting and textiles, which i find really interesting.
When I paint I think of the etching workshops I attended at university. I apply paint layer upon layer – but not as systematic. Painting gives me freedom to weave together everything I want the audience to be part of. It can take on any shape. Without physically seeing the paint around me in a whole, my process feels transparent and non-existing. Paint ends up being my documentary film.