Ydi Coetsee Carstens
The paintings in Coetsee’s first solo exhibition (2018) are inspired by the church building where her parents worked in ministry since the 1980’s. They retired in 2017.
“I reflect on these vivid spaces from my childhood and the act of painting becomes an intensified expression of the physical world. The lines between the seen and unseen, between the present and the past, start to unravel. Interiors have the potential of being both still lives and portraits, relying on objects (or on the distance between objects) to accentuate a person, an encounter, or a narrative moment. Rooms, passages, halls, and the objects inside of them (like chairs and tables), speak to the viewer because of their ordinariness and recognizability. Yet these familiar interior objects also have the ability to alienate the viewer, underlining their otherness in discomforting ways.
The tension in these images – between hospitality and hostility – reflects the viewer’s own memories, fears and experiences, acting as catharsis and compelling us towards self-reflection.”
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