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South African artist Carolyn Parton has opened her first international solo exhibition, ‘This Remembering Land’, at Sulger-Buel Lovell in London
Using reclaimed and reconstituted paint and artist’s materials collected from local housepainters to well-renowned artists such as Marlene Dumas, Carolyn transgresses the bounds of her materials. She creates form from the amorphous and salvages what was destined for landfills.
“Within all the paint lies a story of the life it once lived in the hands of another, and the life reincarnated through my artworks. These are man’s stories of the ancient past and present as told through paint,” she says. “The primal urge to make paint motivates my process, however my raw materials are those of contemporary painters.”
Archeologists' recent discovery of a 10 0000-year-old organic paint-making toolkit in Blombos caves, the key to understanding the birth and development of modern human behavior greatly inspired Parton’s body of work. ‘This Remembering Land’ extends on her fascination with the nature of paint; its mutable form and imbedded ‘memory’.
Sculpted paint cascades; landscapes of cosmic paint dust particles; stratified paint fragment installations; paint cloths mosaicked with pallet remnants and clustered jewel like paint tubes, become Parton’s archive – a narrative of the story of who we were as a species at a crucial stage in our evolution, and who we are today as we stand at the cusp of an environmental challenge that will determine our legacy.