Paula Louw will be exhibiting at Knysna Fine Art from the 8th of December 2016. The exhibition is titled: Gently Does It.
"The antithesis of all that one would normally consider a gun to be, the R5, revolver and R1 have been de-natured, are redemptive. Having been stitched together, they contradict any ideas we might have concerning these weapons in a traditional sense.
Colour, texture, shape, lines and curves, they could be the same deadly objects, but they present a very different aspect. They're loaded with hurt... wounds and tears have been stitched and mended, healing has been sought and rendered.
Sewing, normally considered the preserve of women, is the means of creation, causing these objects to take on a curiously feminine energy. They have been rendered completely harmless and present to us as soft, even rather cuddly objects, like a soft toy or teddy bear. They can no longer be loaded, cocked, nor the trigger pulled. They have been silenced. Paradoxically, we sense the deadly layers of meaning whose legacy history has conferred, whose dark weight drags these objects deeply into the softness of the pillow."
- Paula Louw
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