Working in a gestural and abstract style, Cathy Layzell investigates humankind’s complex evolving relationship to nature, where an impulse to shape, tame and control the natural world lives alongside a desire to yield to its wildness and its danger.

At close range, these paintings constructed from the textures of nature – rock, foliage, air, and water, appear nearly abstract – a dancing network of innumerable brushstrokes, some parallel, others looser and more rapidly applied. Stepping back, these varied marks coalesce into the shimmering effects of an illusionary light. The paintings explore the blurred boundaries between Nature and artifice and how visual-processing systems shape our feelings about what we see.

With the disappearance of most of our primeval forests we have left only what are called, oxymoronically, wilderness ‘parks’ or ‘reserves’. Reserves are intended to conserve nature in a representative way and to sustain biodiversity. But the reality is that they are increasingly relics of how ecosystems looked before humans became dominant. This body of work explores the vestigial primal link we still feel towards a wilderness that hardly exists anymore.
Selected Exhibitions: 2017 - Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 2016 - Oracle, an end-of-year group exhibition, Salon91; Wilderness, a solo exhibition at Salon91; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 2015 - Polynesia, twoperson show with Paul Senyol at Salon91; Spectra, group exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art; Kingdom, group exhibition at Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estate. 2014 - Connect the Dots, solo exhibition at Casa Labia; Artist residency, Luvey ’n Rose, Cape Town. 2013 - In Bloom, Casa Labia Gallery. 2009 - Duende, solo exhibition at Irma Stern Museum.

Selected Exhibitions: 2016 – Oracle, a group show at Salon91; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Kingdom III, a group show at Cavalli Art Gallery; Paper is You III, Salon91; No One’s Land, 99 Loop, Cape Town. 2015 - Stellar, Salon91; Jou Daaglikse Dosis, Aardklop, Potchefstroom; This is the Place, Salon91; Winter Mash-Up, Alex Hamilton Gallery, Cape Town. 2014 - Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Other Dust (solo), Salon91; Golden Haze, Salon91; ID Entity II, Toto Gallery, Johannesburg. 2013 - The Editions Show, Salon91; Birds and Bikes, Lei Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan. 2012 - The Tobacco Factory Show (solo), The Tobacco Factory, Bristol, UK.

Heidi Fourie collection of Monotypes

Heidi Fourie has recently produced a collection of Monotypes in association with Salon Ninety One and Warren Editions.

There is a beautiful collection of both framed and unframed works available from Salon Ninety One as part of our Oracle exhibition.

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