18 January - 18 February 2006
Deborah Poynton held her third solo exhibition with Michael Stevenson in January 2006. In recent years Poynton has worked on an increasingly large scale, and this show comprises four canvases each measuring 2m x 6m, painted with an overwhelming attention to detail.
Poynton's disturbing paintings explore the disjunctions between our inner worlds and outer realities. She chooses to depict circumstances that we immediately recognise, yet which, on closer examination, are invariably not quite as we expect. Such illusions leave the viewer awkward and uncertain whether the world is really how it seems. Throughout her work, the vulnerability and loneliness of everyday life, and the isolation of the individual in our noisy and crowded contemporary world, are immediately apparent. The titles of her four new works illustrate these concerns: Safety and Security, For Ever and Ever, Betrayal and Surrender.
Poynton was born in 1970 in Durban and her youth was spent between South Africa, Britain, Swaziland and the United States. She studied at Rhode Island School of Design in the US for two years and decided, at the age of nineteen, to return to South Africa. She and her family have spent the past few years dividing their time between Cape Town and Bonn, Germany. She previously exhibited at Michael Stevenson in February 2003 and August 2004.
Click here to read the essay (a translated extract from the full German text by Peter Rech) that appears in Poynton's catalogue.
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