The latest exhibition at SMITH is a solo exhibition of new work by Marsi van de Heuvel titled ‘Entanglement.’ This show presents works that experiment with empathy and entanglement; a study of an emotional connected consciousness. The multiplicity of the deep yet ethereal color of blue, and countless minute pen marks, represent an open ended expanse of human experience.
It serves as sanctuary for vulnerability; a home for emotion. It is an attempt to ease anxieties of today’s fixation with idiosyncratic statuses, and soothe the exhaustion of the constant search for signal, by submerging into an expansive and empathetic rhizome.
“I feel compelled to make work that contributes, and I search to find relevant subject matter that does not exclude; that speaks in the language of every man. I love that art has the power to convey something complex in a simple way.” says Marsi.
“My work is a demonstration of dedication, a practice of discipline and patience. The process is slow and meditative, consuming of time and self. The intention is to broaden perspectives of who we are, and where we are.”
Originating from Cape Town, Marsi has known from the beginning that art was all she wanted to pursue, “I felt fortunate to be sure of what I wanted to do. I committed. Although my subject and medium has changed over the years, the concepts in all my work have had common themes that I have come to realize quite recently”.
‘Entanglement’ will run from 24th June to 18th July at SMITH, 56 Church Street, Cape Town. SMITH has also joined the ‘First Thursdays’ initiative, where the City comes alive at night as art galleries extend trading hours and welcome guests to specially hosted cultural events.