South African artist Charisse Gardiner explores themes of home, displacement and identity set against the background of childhood and the elusive nature of memory. Rich in open-ended narratives and inducing a haunting sense of nostalgia, Gardiner weaves together a complex tapestry of tensions exploring loss and discovery and the foundations of culture.
Text is simply a visual form of communication. Letters are essentially drawings that simply represent a sound, and when combined with other letters/sounds they form words. During the 20th century the use of text in contemporary art became significant with some of the most famous conceptual artists using it as an artwork in itself. Current contemporary artists using text in art include Martin Creed, Bruce Nauman, Tracey Emin and Fiona Banner. We present a selection of artists which we feel represent this lesser known genre in an interesting and diverse manner from working with porcelain to collage, print and paint. Artists exhibiting are: