To acknowledge our Women’s Day month as well a the beautiful natural environment of not only the White River region but our entire beautiful country, we chose a theme that links any aspects of the feminine with the South African natural world. This offered the TPG artists the opportunity for wide interpretation.
We decided to limit the printmaking medium to the use of monotypes, a more visually soft technique suited to the essences of nature and womanhood. Working in monotype encourages a looser organic style and a degree of spontaneity with the artist having a certain lack of control over the outcome.
Due to our overall number of members and the size of the gallery, we also decided to limit the paper size to 35 x 50 cm or less and allow only up to 3 works per artist.
Thirty-nine TPGs picked up this challenge and their work shows just how diverse and exciting print work is when limited by theme, technique, and size. Some folk think that limits will detract from the quality of an exhibition, but in real life, all artists have constraints of some sort - whether space to work in, budget for material costs, time available for artmaking, or enough physical strength – and true creativity lies in the ways that artists overcome their constraints.