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Jeanette Verster

Jeanette Verster has settled in New Plymouth and brings to her textile practice a wide ranging variety of expressive, conceptual works as well as practical functional objects for everyday use and pleasure. We are very excited with her works and feel very lucky and honoured to promote her magical makings.

For the current exhibition, Dreaming of the Future, Jeanette created three works, the first stands alone and is called After Dinner. Jeanette describes her thinking behind this work

“The superfine fine steel filament intrigued me while experimenting with wire in my work. Once I have overcome the issue of not being able to see what I am knitting it reminded me of a pot scourer. I just could not ‘unsee’ that image and adding the paper “dishcloth” completed the picture. Seemingly mundane, it is nevertheless a symbol of shared meal and good memories. I dream of having my loved ones all around a table once more.”

After Dinner.
After Dinner – Closeup
After Dinner – Closeup Detail

Size: H 380mm x W 305mm

Materials: Hand knitted steel filament, handmade abaca paper, dye.

Jeanette also continued with her exploration of traditional characters of the live theatre, especially in the European tradition. Two works in the Columbine Series have been created to present Jeanette’s longing for the reopening of live theatre on a global scale.

Columbina I

Columbina I

Live theatre across the world has been hard hit by the pandemic. The stock characters from the Commedia dell’Arte have been in existence for centuries, surviving plagues, pandemics, war and more. The Columbina in this work is unlit, waiting in the wings to go back on stage when the time is right. It is my expression of hope that live theatre, while a dream now across most of the world, will soon be possible again.

Size: H 420mm x W 295mm

Materials: Watercolour, silk stitching, copper wire hand knit, handmade abaca tissue, metal findings

Columbina II

Columbina II

Live theatre across the world has been hard hit by the pandemic. The stock characters from the Commedia dell’Arte have been in existence for centuries, surviving plagues, pandemics, war and more. This Columbina shows the readiness of the spirit of the theatre to reemerge and change from the dream to the reality of live theatre as soon as it is possible again.

Size: H 420mm x W 295mm

Materials: Watercolour, silk stitching, copper wire hand knit, handmade abaca tissue, metal findings

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