Live Virtual Auction, 15 February 2020

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R 43 244
Lot 84
Robyn Penn; Cloud

Lot Estimate
R 20 000 - 30 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 43 244

About this Item

South African 1973-
Cloud
oil on canvas
100,5 by 100,5cm excluding frame

Notes

Penn’s fixation on climate change has had a great influence on her works, as evidenced by her 2017 exhibition Paradise Lost at the Barnard Gallery. Here she focuses on the cloud as a symbol of the crisis because it is “one of the most difficult variables to measure and predict within the science of climate change.”1 Penn’s clouds represent the uncertainty of the future of the environment; they are “like a strange phantom in uncanny stillness… weighty with an undeniable sense of foreboding and disquiet, a nebulousness that is psychological as well as physical.”2

The cloud in the present lot is reminiscent of a sensuous human form, with its soft edges and pink tinges. Penn has created juxtapositions that are “a series of powerful dichotomies: phenomenological and corporeal, sensorial and cerebral, tangible and intangible.”3

 

1. Barnard Gallery (2017) Robyn Penn: Paradise Lost, [Online], Available: https://barnardgallery.com/exhibitions/27/ [3 December, 2019]

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid.


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