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Cosmic Egg by Sarah Grace 01 March - 24 March 2018 I CATALOGUE Priest Gallery and Espressobar I 142 Jan Smuts Avenue I Rosebank I JHB I +212014777 I www.priest.co.za


Cosmic Egg by Sarah Grace 01 March - 24 March 2018 I CATALOGUE

“Where did we begin? If we’re here now, where could we have come from? The ancient cultures of earth often shared a belief in the world egg. The birthplace of titans and gods, who shaped the universe to give each of us the gift of life. If all knowledge was lost in our mental and recorded history, what would we believe? With the death of language, religious foundation and universal expertise in the sciences, what new stories would we tell? It’s human nature to create myths that explain our existence and weave the fabric of culture. Would we tell the same prehistoric stories that so many before us have believed in isolation? Would this cosmic egg be our new beginning? Through these organic forms; shapes and clusters, Sarah Grace has explored the human tendency to find shared meaning in the artifices we create - in order to support the myths or beliefs that bind us together. The artist is fascinated with the tension between our synthetic lives and the natural eco-systems that initiated our existence, finding a connection with a form of storytelling that predates civilization. Her choice of medium, technique, objects and subject matter was inspired by mythological symbolism and study at multiple scales of the ecological universe. The work celebrates the beauty of nature at these levels, embracing the connection between real and imaginary life forms.”

Priest Gallery and Espressobar I 142 Jan Smuts Avenue I Rosebank I Johannesburg I +212014777 I www.priest.co.za


Cosmic Egg by Sarah Grace 01 March - 24 March 2018 I CATALOGUE

Sarah Grace was born in 1990 in KwaZulu-Natal and homeschooled by artist parents Janine & George Holloway. She worked parttime for diverse artists from a young age, including Jane du Rand, Richard Hart, Roger Jardine, Andries Botha, Pascale Chandler & Neil Coppen. Sarah studied dance through Cecchetti Society of Classical Ballet for 15 years & classical flute and in 2011 decided to leave these studies to pursue a business venture whilst continuing to make art in her spare time. In 2015 Sarah sold her business and moved to Joburg in order to focus on creating art full time. In early 2016 Sarah became assistant Artist to Mandy Coppes-Martin for 6 months and took a studio in Nugget Square Studios alongside artists, George Holloway, Gordon Froud, Mandy Coppes-Martin, Vivien Kohler, Louis Olivier and Nandipha Mntambo. November 2016 Sarah joined Hzrd Gallery for a 10-month residency with mentor Jonathan Freemantle, culminating in a group show alongside artists such as Ledelle Moe, Alice Edy, Sophia Van Wyk, Talia Goldsmith, Jojo Abot, Lucy Turpin.

Priest Gallery and Espressobar I 142 Jan Smuts Avenue I Rosebank I Johannesburg I +212014777 I www.priest.co.za


Cosmos. Powder coated metal armature clad with electrical cable, rope, tulle, chiffon, silk thread, stainless steel industrial mesh, wooden beads, peacock feathers + globes. 2018 110 x 100 cm R32,000


Cosmos. (detail)


Lust for eternal youth and beauty. Acrylic ink on Fabriano paper. 2018 37.5cm x 47.5cm R4,200


She lay with the sky. Acrylic ink on Fabriano paper. 2018 37.5cm x 47.5cm R4,200


The kiss of a jealous god. Acrylic ink on Fabriano paper. 2018 37.5cm x 47.5cm R4,200


Seasons and the rape of Persephone. Acrylic ink on Fabriano paper. 2018 37.5cm x 47.5cm R4,200


Deception, rejection. Acrylic ink on Fabriano paper. 2018 37.5cm x 47.5cm R4,200


A reluctant gardener. Acrylic ink on Fabriano paper. 2018 37.5cm x 47.5cm R4,200


The power to move the sun. Acrylic ink on Fabriano paper. 2018 37.5cm x 47.5cm R4,200


Ex nihilo. Acrylic ink on Fabriano paper. 2018 37.5cm x 47.5cm R4,200


To become the earth. Acrylic ink on Fabriano paper. 2018 37.5cm x 47.5cm R4,200


Everything is water. Acrylic ink on Fabriano paper. 2018 37.5cm x 47.5cm R4,200


The ten thousand treasure mountain. Acrylic ink on Fabriano paper. 2018 37.5cm x 47.5cm R4,200


Nine waves make a life. Acrylic ink on Fabriano paper. 2018 37.5cm x 47.5cm R4,200


The world ocean. Acrylic ink on Fabriano paper. 2018 68.5cm x 89.5cm R8,000


Valkyrie. Powder coated metal armature clad with stainless steel industrial mesh, wooden beads, tulle, feathers, tassels, sequins, chiffon, electrical cable, plastic piping, rope + globes. 2018 165cm x 45cm R28,000


Spark. Acrylic ink, graphite, pencil, pen on Fabriano paper 2018 37.5cm x 37.5cm R3,000


Accident. Acrylic ink, graphite, pencil, pen on Fabriano paper 2018 37.5cm x 37.5cm R3,000


Begin. Acrylic ink, graphite, pencil, pen on Fabriano paper 2018 37.5cm x 37.5cm R3,000


Multiply. Acrylic ink, graphite, pencil, pen on Fabriano paper 2018 37.5cm x 37.5cm R3,000


Colonize. Acrylic ink, graphite, pencil, pen on Fabriano paper 2018 37.5cm x 37.5cm R3,000


Escape. Acrylic ink, graphite, pencil, pen on Fabriano paper 2018 37.5cm x 37.5cm R3,000


Zodiac. Powder coated metal armature clad with tulle, feathers, wooden beads, stainless steel industrial mesh + upholstery fabric. 2018 180cm x80cm R30,000


Zodiac. (detail)


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Cosmic Egg by Sarah Catalogue 2018 Priest Gallery  

Cosmic Egg: a solo exhibition by Sarah Grace By way of the organic forms; shapes and clusters [that constitute this body of work], Sarah Gr...

Cosmic Egg by Sarah Catalogue 2018 Priest Gallery  

Cosmic Egg: a solo exhibition by Sarah Grace By way of the organic forms; shapes and clusters [that constitute this body of work], Sarah Gr...

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