Artist Marelise van Wyk’s solo exhibition at the Studio Art Gallery explores the land on which the gallery is built, from the time of the fish oil refinery, to the derelict buildings which were left for many years, to the newly designed and sophisticated Harbour Bay Centre in Simon’s Town.
Van Wyk has been a resident in the area for more than 30 years.
“I was intrigued by the unlikely charm of the derelict buildings of the marine oil refinery that was demolished in 2005. My creative process has always been inspired by the cycle of life - extinctions developing into new creations, developing into extinctions again,” she said.
“This is especially relevant in Simon’s Town, with its rich history, the historical buildings and graveyard. The skeletal structures of the derelict refinery became, for me, the embodiment for this ongoing process.”