Stunning new art exhibition

12 October 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Lara Diez started dabbling in jewellery-making in London in the 1990s and found it the perfect antidote to corporate life in the city.

In 2002 Lara broke from hectic London life. In an attempt to do something more worthwhile, she came to Namibia for six months as a volunteer with VSO, working with the indigenous San community in Nyae Nyae.

As those six months turned to years, Lara started taking jewellery classes with Frieda Luhl, who became a source of inspiration in jewellery and printmaking. Lara now combines being the director of the Nyae Nyae Development Foundation of Namibia with family life and when possible sneaks off to file a bit of metal!

In 2017 Lara attended the Tulipamwe International Artists workshop and then had a work selected for the National Gallery Triennial as well as having work exhibited in the Project Room and Start gallery group exhibitions.

In 2018 Lara had a work selected for the Booth exhibition at the National Gallery of Namibia and was on the working group for the Tulipamwe International Artists workshop of 2018.

This is Lara's first solo exhibition which combines printmaking with metalwork.

In Pressed, Lara combined printing and metalwork which have both undergone some form of pressing in order to create embossed or inked marks. The marks on paper and metal are often similar, just differing in scale and material. The exhibition also shows Lara's obsession with spoons and similarly embossed pieces of jewellery, creating functional pieces that can be used or worn every day.

Altogether Lara will show about 150 PRESSED pieces, half embossed/printed on paper, the other half on metal.

The exhibition will open on Friday 19 October at 18:00 at the Project Room in 32 Jenner Street, Windhoek West.

The exhibition ends on 2 November.

The Project Room opening hours are from Tuesday to Friday 09:00 to 13:00 and Saturday 10:00 to 13:00.

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