Old family photographs are the order of the day here, capsule de-contextualised and appropriated a new and different meaning through their deterioration. Scratched and blotched the pictures show a certain fragility with the physical photographs, story but perhaps the memories of them as well.
All locked behind a glass fronted cabinet; a window to that forgotten locked trunk in an attic somewhere, pharm that begs time and attention, but offers a sweet satisfaction in the re-discovery of old memories.
This collection of photographs surely serves that purpose, and it’s removed enough to provide a decent insight into anyone’s’ family past.
With straight lines, of an architectural quality, these pieces really highlight Shabajee’s amazing skill, to create simple yet alluring pieces that on first sight may seem simple, but on further inspection, illustrate great thought, and a delicate touch. The ability to work with such fine materials with such fluidity is further example of her skill as an artist.
Etches are the key to the texture given off by each image, as the scratches all together give a certain fluidity that forms a aesthetically pleasing featherlike quality. By taking away small pieces of the paper, she has illustrated that beauty can be formed from scarring such delicate material, as the images transform from one level to another in the shifting light. Simple, yet heartfelt and skilled work, that is definitely worth checking out.
Patchwork heaven; showing an interesting blend of personal investment, family history and seemingly natural aging of photographs, that is potentially linked to the figures in the pictures themselves. This is definitely not your run of the mill granny patchwork. There is something very deep and interesting here. At first sight, the photographs seem to have been through a tough time, part of the ageing process. The addition of thread shines through as very natural, and beautiful, but really draws the eye in inquisitively. Great care and attention to detail has obviously come into play here, as the photographs take on a life of their own, staring back at you through distorted aged eyes, some of the pictures have an eerie, yet comforting quality. Particularly great pieces of art that I’m sure would sell very well.
The process going into these drawings is of particular relevance. Josie’s attention to the materials changeability shines through as each drawing has a natural shimmer to it, well placed in the frame, they bring out the space in the picture, and draw one’s eye to the centre of swirling charcoal. Highlighting such materials almost creates a oneness, or solidarity as all the elements used come together to transform these sketches, taking the charcoal, and paper to another level of circular, ethereal and natural quality. Together she creates a journey or whole picture with great thought and skill.