DuduBloom More, Comfort Zone (Detail), 2019. 765 x 51cm. All images courtesy of the artist & The Bag Factory Artists' Studios.

Delicate/Tendency/Response

The Bag Factory will present ‘Delicate/Tendency/Response’, a solo exhibition by DuduBloom More, the winner of the prestigious 2019 Cassirer Welz Award

DuduBloom More, Comfort Zone (Detail), 2019. 765 x 51cm. All images courtesy of the artist & The Bag Factory Artists' Studios.DuduBloom More, Comfort Zone (Detail), 2019. Mixed media, 765 x 51cm. All images courtesy of the artist & The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios.

In this newly created body of work, Bloom uses mixed materials of thread, paper, wool, perspex, inks and more, to explore the delicacy of trauma and the tendencies of personal traumatic memories. The colours blue and orange are used as a lethargic response to these memories and traumas. “Whether you have or have not healed from them or received help for them, traumas need to be delicately handled”, says the artist. “Through a word, action, smell, taste, touch and/or sight, a memory can be reignited and bring back a traumatic experience.”

For Bloom trauma comes with tendencies, “The tendency of how it [trauma] is triggered may change but usually stays the same. In addition, the factors ‘What, Why, Where, When and Who’ may act as catalysts that remind one of the lived experience of the event. The environment you’re placed in, the time frame, your mental state and those who surround you may activate a traumatic memory,” she says.

More Internalised Rejection, 2019. Acrylic paint, wool and thread on canvas, 61 x 61cm.More Internalised Rejection, 2019. Acrylic paint, wool and thread on canvas, 61 x 61cm.

From trauma, also comes response or how people deal with and work through their trauma. In an exploration of human response to trauma, Bloom poses questions such as whether people are aware of their traumas or not, if people heal from trauma, possible ways of healing and ways to manage trauma and triggers.

DuduBloom is a visual artist from Soweto, Johannesburg, currently working from Artist Proof Studio completing her 4th year in Professional Practice. She has been participating in various art competitions and her work has been included in various group exhibitions and art fairs including the FNB Joburg Art Fair. In 2018 she was selected as one of two Artist Proof Studio women artists to do an art residency in Italy through the Artist Proof Studio and the Italian Embassy.

‘Delicate/Tendency/Response’ will run from the 1st of February until the 22nd of February 2020 at Kalashnikovv Gallery in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Viewers will also have the opportunity to meet the artist and discuss the exhibition further at an artist-led walkabout on 8 February 2020 at 11am.

I know you're here sometimes, 2020. Acylic paint, wool and thread on canvas, 51 x 51cm.I know you’re here sometimes, 2020. Acrylic paint, wool and thread on canvas, 51 x 51cm.