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Reflecting on a personal moment in history with After the Fire, an exhibition by Tamlin Blake

An object made with skill, craftsmanship and deep intent forever reflects a moment in history. This is what mixed media artist Tamlin Blake showcases in her latest exhibition, After the Fire, at the Sisonke Gallery at The Cape Heritage Hotel, from 7 March 2024 to 28 April 2024.

A devastating fire decimated a large portion of a private home in the winelands in 2020 and extensively damaged a well-loved art collection housed there. This affected Blake deeply because many of the artworks were by artist friends or artists she deeply admired. In some cases, all that was left of paintings on the walls were the metal hanging fixtures and stains where the oil paint had melted to the floor. 

TamlinBlake_ShardBubble2After the fire, dozens of old fine China remnants were found among the debris which Blake salvaged for this significant exhibition. The artworks created from the shards grew into echoes of the objects they had once been. In their new form, they remind us not only of the impermanence of precious things but of the importance of appreciating thoughtfully made objects, and their meaning and significance in the moments given to us.

The major themes of Blake’s work revolve around what makes up and supports each individual’s sense of belonging and After the Fire conveys exactly that. Don’t miss out on this thought-provoking exhibition.


Diary details:

Opening event: 7 March 2024 at 16h00

Date: 7 March to 28 April 2024 

Time: 09h00–17h00 daily 

Venue: Sisonke Gallery, Cape Heritage Hotel, 90 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre

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