A guilty bystander is one who observes something – an incident, a crime, etc. – but does not intervene. Claudette Schreuders’ The Guilty Bystander stands with her hands clasped behind her back, contemplating her surroundings: seeing something, but saying nothing. This present lot is based on a wooden sculpture of the same name that was the central figure in Schreuders' 2017 solo exhibition The Bystander at Stevenson, Johannesburg. Many of her prints “are studies of her sculptured figures. Produced after the sculptures have gone out into the world, the prints are a means of revisiting and reflecting on these works, but also have a singular, distinctive character of their own.”1 These works retain the static, sculptural characteristics of the original object but with a livelier, painterly rendering.
1. Stevenson. (2009) Claudette Schreuders: Recent Prints, [Online], Available: http://archive.stevenson.info/exhibitions/schreuders/index2009.htm [7 December 2018].
Donated by the artist.
The proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit the Greatmore Studio Trust.