Honouring the life and work of some of Durban’s most talented artists, the Fat Tuesday Gallery in Kloof is hosting the Lost Found and Stolen exhibition that runs until May 26. The exhibition depicts the mixed media paintings of Joan Martin, Lara Melon and Maggie Strachan, who worked in collabo-ration for this art display.
In an interview with Tonight, Martin, Melon and Strachan said their exhibition marks their development as individual artists but, more important, it explores their relationship as a group.
“We meet regularly, normally once a month, and provide support for one another. We discuss the conceptual, technical and structural aspects of making art, but more important, we provide emotional strength for one another. It is very difficult to make art alone and all three of us acknowledge the importance of our meetings. As a result, our work connects visually and thematically. We often consciously and unconsciously ‘steal’ from each other’s work.”
All three artists developed a love for art in their childhood days and it represents their personal journeys in life. Martin uses her art to find perspective in her own life.
“My art depicts my past, my fears and what delights me. Recently, I have started to use my art to look back at my life in the Sketchbook Project, hosted by the Brooklyn Art Library in New York,” she said.