Elfriede Dreyer, Up there is a green patch, 2021. R18 000.00

Elfriede Dreyer, Up there is a green patch, 2021. R18 000.00

Elfriede Dreyer, Up there is a green patch, 2021. Mixed media on Perspex, presented in Perspex box size 1120x1270x100mm. Provenance: Obtained from the artist.




    Elfriede Dreyer is an Art Professor, curator, writer and artist. She has been affiliated with Unisa since 2015, after lecturing there full-time from 1990 to 2003. She also taught full-time at the University of Pretoria from 2003 to 2014.​ Except for works taken up in public and private collections, the majority of her art production has been destroyed by the Knysna Great Fire of June 2017. She has participated in group exhibitions at major museums, galleries and festivals throughout the country; she was a finalist in most national competitions, including the Brett Kebble Award; and held solo exhibitions in Pretoria, Paris, Oudtshoorn and Johannesburg.

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    Her main conceptual preoccupation is an ongoing interest in worldmaking discourses and the ideologies of place and space. Central concepts are utopia, dystopia and heterotopia as nuances of a family of constructions around place, such as a good place; a bad place; non-place; cocooning; displacement; and migrancy. Perceptions and projections of a good place as utopia are common, but exist mainly as fictions. Although many utopias have been conceived over the ages, few have worked out. Still they persist in appearing in a social and political sense; in addition, most people nurture personal ideas about a ‘good’ place. Except for works in public and private collections, the majority of her art production has been destroyed by the Knysna Great Fire of June 2017. Her work from 2017 to 2020 dealt mainly with the dystopia of this event.



    I use the colour green conceptually in representation of the pursuit of a good place, an ideal state or a wonderful dream, pleasure or escapism. Green articulates with Arcadia, a utopian form closely related to ideas of paradise and aimed at the reconciliation with nature. Humans’ relationship with nature is a fundamental one that has taken on many guises in literature and the arts. In Romantic art nature is presented as the ideal place for humans to be and it is suggested that humans should be reconciled with nature. Nature’s goodness and abun dane has often been associated with greenness, also human conditions of happiness and contentment. Cities could then be seen as the antidote or not a good place for humans to be.



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