‘Little big things’ commences

The exhibition is a celebration of the uniqueness of small collected items.

15 October 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Adolf Kaure

The collective art exhibition Little big things recently opened at the Woermannhaus in Swakopmund.

For the exhibition, several artists, graphic designers, art directors, art professionals, illustrators, art lovers as well as art and design students from all over the world, portrayed works of art on canvas, including drawings, paintings, mixed media, embroidery, collages, clay, woodcarvings, wirework, recycled material, photography, prints, weaving, mosaics, textiles and beadwork.

Urte Remmert of the Swakopmund Arts Association (SAA), explained the concept behind the exhibition.

“My whole life I have collected small things, bits and pieces. They might be hidden between book pages or could fall from a photo album. I find them in old cigar boxes, cartons, in drawers and in glass containers.

“Things like brown, beautifully shaped leaves, multi-coloured feathers, antique clay shards, little porcelain dolls that belonged to my mother, sparkling glass marbles, agates that were collected on the beaches of my childhood, seedpods and pieces of polished driftwood – these are all items I have collected. Even a few molten metal and glass pieces from our accident scene have a special place,” she said.

“These things really have no material value because they are found objects and memorabilia picked up by chance and kept over the years. And yet, there is a uniqueness in these objects.

“On the one hand they tend to bring back memories of places which were magical or haunting, even sounds and smells will pop up in our mind. On the other hand, we are transported into a moment in time and memory, and that’s what gives a special value to the small, worthless pieces. We remember sadness, laughter, friendships and conversations.

“Let yourself be enchanted by the many little artworks created with much love and care, and perhaps you’ll find one that speaks to your heart,” Rummert said.

Artists participated free of charge, while the SAA takes a 25% commission on each sale. The art works cost N$450 each.

Gallery opening times are Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:00 and 15:00 to 17:00, and from 10:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays. The exhibition can be viewed until 25 November.

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