I first saw Rory Emmett’s artwork on the website Artsy with his ‘Coloured Portraits’. It was great to see his work in the running exhibition at Electica Contemporary last Thursday in Cape Town. His work is part of the Kwaai exhibition that is showcasing artists’ exploration of their coloured identity.
Rory Emmet has only five artworks on show. They are not large pieces which force you to lean in to order to see the detail on the images. This Michaelis School of Fine Art alumni has had numerous exhibitions since graduating in 2014. His most recent, prior to the Kwaai show was with 99 Loop: The Devil Loves When We Loathe Ourselves which ran throughout August this year. His work is also part of the Main Complaint exhibition at the Zeitz MOCAA.
Kirsten Arendse’s work analyses the concept of beauty standards. She takes on the issue of hair and its manipulation to fit a particular definition of beauty and looks into the negative labels attached to curly her within the narrow context of straight hair being seen as beautiful.
Eclectica Contemporary, 69 Burg Street, Cape Town