“I think of my paintings as fragments of memory captured in a tangible form.” Kirsten Beets paints our contemporary Eden. The animal paraphernalia of her childhood is categorized like the research of a zoologist in the curiously animal devoid spaces of our current lives. She is continually looking for the shifting relationship between people at leisure and the natural world as our earth loses its species to human development. It is the fleeting moment, that fragile and thoughtful thing, that Beets also looks for in her work.
Snapshots of our curious human interactions with nature are all rendered in the delicate detail of her brush. Her exhibitions are complex collections of observations and imaginary musings made manifest in oils on paper and board. In their incarnation as paintings, these images become touchstones of memory. Her carefully considered compositions tell a subtle story of serenity and loss, leisure and decay, stasis and transience.
Upcoming Shows: 05 April – 13 May 2017, Mirage, a solo exhibition at Salon91; July 2017, Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; September 2017, Artist Residency, Foundation OBRAS, Holland. Selected Projects & Exhibitions: 2016 – Oracle, an end-of-year group exhibition, Salon91; Paper Is You III, a group exhibition at Salon91; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 2015 – STELLAR, group show at Salon91; Everyday Eden, solo show at Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 2014 – Sunday’s Child solo exhibition at Salon91; Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. 2013 – Possessed, group show at Everard Read, Cape Town; National Arts Festival in Grahamstown; Animal / Advance group exhibition, Ron Belling Gallery, Port Elizabeth; Aurora at Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91; For Play, group exhibition, Underculture Contemporary Gallery, Port Elizabeth. 2012 – Scuola Internationale di Grafi in Venice, Italy. 2011 – First Editions: an exhibition of visual narratives, a group exhibition featuring the first editions of hand-bound illustrated books, Salon91.