STEVENSON Johannesburg is currently presenting Viviane Sassen’s Of Mud and Lotus, the artist’s first solo exhibition in Johannesburg, her fourth with the gallery.
As the title suggests with its reference to mud being fundamental for the growth of the lotus, the exhibition engages in a conversation on transformation, procreation and fecundity, all elements traditionally ascribed to the idea of the feminine. Experimenting with collages and unique hand-coloured pieces, Sassen creates images in which abstraction and performance intertwine. In this evocative and imaginary realm of intense colour and textures, the imagery is rich with associative references that allow for layered readings and responses. Very little is what it seems at first sight.
Viviane Sassen’s Of Mud and Lotus at STEVENSON in Johannesburg is on display through May 13, 2017.