Gallery 415 was delighted to host this exceptional exhibition by one Durban's most talented fine artists'
Her show, entitled Test Patterns, consisted of works that were exactly that, little test pieces.
While continuing her use of layered dark and light gesso, Vaughan-Evans had been experimenting with printmaking techniques
such as silkscreen and etching, and had adapted these processes to enable her to apply them to the gesso surface. Instead of using only sand paper to reveal the image, she used a combination of both sanding and etching to produce the marks. The silkscreen process has allowed for greater detail and the incorporation of actual objects from Vaughan-Evans’ home; thus an old lace cloth, the shweshwe pattern from a skirt and the handwriting from a letter all form part of the layered surface.
Characteristically Vaughan-Evans’ work spoke of memory, loss and forgetting, however these new works also alluded to home and the literal / metaphorical patterns of our lives. The smaller ‘test’ pieces and the inclusion of more personal imagery resulted in beautifully crafted, intimate paintings.
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