Mother & daughter exposed

Reflection in Form, hosted at the Omba Art Gallery, showcases the works of a mother and daughter team.

22 February 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Omba Art Gallery will host an art and sculpture exhibition titled 'Reflection in Form' by talented Namibian mother and daughter artist duo, Elna Venter and Comine Bruwer.

The exhibition will be officially launched at 18:00 on 5 March by Rika Nel, a local artist and assistant visual arts education lecturer at the University of Namibia (Unam) and will run until 29 March 2019.

Venter, a retired teacher and crafter who uses her art to reflect her childhood, will exhibit a variety of abstract calligraphy. These are materials applied to rigid substrates which she makes using the intaglio printmaking technique on high-quality printing paper.

Intaglio is the family of printing and printmaking techniques in which the image is incised into a surface and the incised line or sunken area holds the ink. It is the direct opposite of a relief print.

Venter's abstract works are reflections of a lifetime collection of emotions, memories, experiences and impressions.

Bruwer, on the other hand, is a qualified jeweller and designer.

She is fascinated with 3-D forms and has discovered that sculpting is the ideal vehicle for her to artistically express herself best.

Bruwer's preferred medium for sculpting is bronze but she also incorporates unconventional materials such as resin, clay and glass to add artistic depth and infuse her sculptures with very specific meaning.

Her sculptures show, sincerely and honestly, a highly-developed personal aesthetic reflection through the prism of inspiration she holds up to the light for the observer and her own personal well from which she deeply draws most of her inspiration for her sculptures.

About the artists

Venter began her 16-year-long teaching career at the Windhoek College of Education and has co-authored an arts and crafts guide for teachers as well as participated in group art exhibitions.

She managed a stall at the Namibia Craft Centre after her retirement.

Bruwer, Elna's daughter, is a graduate from the University of Stellenbosch and worked as a goldsmith in South Africa and Namibia for ten years before she moved to Botswana with her husband and children.

About Omba

Omba Art Gallery is a private, commercial gallery situated in the heart of Windhoek.

A small, intimate atrium, Omba is regarded as one of Namibia's premium exhibition venues for art lovers and collectors to connect with artists and savour the highest quality original and locally-produced art.


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