Georgina Berens

The print–based practice of Georgina Berens has evolved from the subtle search for the incidental mark. She scours the spaces of her wonderings looking for the residue of undisclosed actions. Sometimes these sources are the graffiti of a daily inhabitation of space, the rough and tear traces of people and objects moving through space. Sometimes they are more ephemeral or fleeting, like the shadow cast by a figure with a suitcase or a line of pedestrians.

These found marks find new expression in Berens’ processes of printmaking: etching, lithography or monotype print. In their new form they speak of the ebb and flow of lived experience, or more self-reflexively, the process of art making that is, in itself, a residue of marks made by the artist’s actions in studio. Her custom-made tools belie the craft of art such that the quiet interior space of the studio resonates with the larger ‘outside’ actions and economies of street, park or land.

Georgina Berens (1992) is a printmaker living and working in Cape Town, South Africa. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art at Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town in 2016 and received the Matthew Somers Memorial Prize in 2014. She is the Ratamo Printmaking and Photography Centre artist-in-residence this year and will spend a month in Jyväskylä, Finland in October.


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