the presence of absence | Christa Myburgh

Christa Myburgh Bed time stories: Hush hush, wink wink 2017 Oil on canvas 170 x 170 cm

The strength held by mothers was once described by Maya Angelou as “a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow”. The process of building this body of work and mainting life as a single mother has resulted in Christa Myburgh’s presentation being something like the climbing and falling rainbow that Angelou describes. In this exhibition, intensely personal and intimate events contribute to an undercurrent theme of fragility, illusion and absurdity. Myburgh undertakes size, perspective and chiascurro to illuminate an absurd lived reality that she associates with her life as a mother of two young children.

A murder lingers in the narrative and subtly sinister experience of her work, with figures coming in and out of focus and the picture plane. Her realistic painting technique accentuates the delicate nature of her experiences. A shock realization of the fragility of human life and the mortality of her own creations destabilizes the otherwise picturesque images.

The processing of Christa Myburgh’s personal experiences is navigated through the exhibition of her work. Working on a large scale, Myburgh intends to confront and engage with the viewer directly, drawing on the practice of tableaux vivant which translates to ‘living pictures’.

In a time where realism in painting is often set aside for broad abstraction or conceptual expression, Christa Myburgh has undertaken this meticulous and patient skill as a mode of expressing and exploring the nature of abstract experiences. From motherhood, to love, to the struggles of gender-related expectations and compensations, the interaction of power plays out in the thematic considerations articulated in Myburgh’s paintings.

– Clare Patrick

Christa Myburgh Bed time stories: Hush hush, wink wink 2017 Oil on canvas 170 x 170 cm

Christa Myburgh
Bed time stories: Hush hush, wink wink
2017
Oil on canvas
170 x 170 cm

Christa Myburgh Dissolved, resolved, solved number 1 2017 Oil and enamel on canvas 200 x 120 cm

Christa Myburgh
Dissolved, resolved, solved number 1
2017
Oil and enamel on canvas
200 x 120 cm

Christa Myburgh Stickeys and stones may break our bones but words will never hurt us 201? Oil on canvas 200 x 200 cm

Christa Myburgh
Stickeys and stones may break our bones but words will never hurt us
2016
Oil on canvas
250 x 200 cm

Christa Myburgh Dissolved, resolved, solved number 2 2017 Oil and enamel on canvas 200 x 120 cm

Christa Myburgh
Dissolved, resolved, solved number 2
2017
Oil and enamel on canvas
200 x 120 cm

Christa Myburgh Papierpoppe 1 2018 enamel on canvas 40 x 40 cm

Christa Myburgh
Papierpoppe 1
2018
enamel on canvas
40 x 40 cm

Christa Myburgh Sunday, Monday, Someday and always 201? Oil on canvas 170 x 170 cm

Christa Myburgh
Sunday, Monday, Someday and always
2018
Oil on canvas
170 x 170 cm

Christa Myburgh - Etherial II, 2018, Oil on Canvas, 42 x 75.jpg

Christa Myburgh
Etherial II
2018
Oil on Canvas
42 x 75 cm

Christa Myburgh Hu(man) 2018 watercolour 41 x 28.5 cm (unframed)

Christa Myburgh
Hu(man)
2018
watercolour
41 x 28.5 cm (unframed)

Christa Myburgh - This boy staring, 2018, watercolour, 20 x 27 cm (unframed)

Christa Myburgh
This boy staring
2018
watercolour
29 x 20 cm (unframed)
SOLD

 

Christa Myburgh - Visitors 2018 watercolour 29 x 20 cm (unframed)

Christa Myburgh
Visitors
2018
watercolour
29 x 20 cm (unframed)
SOLD

 

Christa Myburgh Vertebrates vs invertebrates and all odds attached 2016 Oil on canvas 200 x 200 cm

Christa Myburgh
Vertebrates vs invertebrates and all odds attached
2016
Oil on canvas
200 x 200 cm

Christa Myburgh Sunday, Monday, Someday and always 2017 Oil on canvas 170 x 170 cm

Christa Myburgh
Sunday, Monday, Someday and always
2017
Oil on canvas
170 x 170 cm

Christa Myburgh Papierpoppe II 2018 Enamel on canvas 40 x 40 cm

Christa Myburgh
Papierpoppe II
2018
Enamel on canvas
40 x 40 cm

Christa Myburgh Bed time stories: Hush hush, wink wink 2017 Oil on canvas 170 x 170 cm

Christa Myburgh
Bed time stories: Hush hush, wink wink
2017
Oil on canvas
170 x 170 cm

First Thursday: 03/05/2018 & 05/04/2018

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