Group Exhibition: 'Siren's Song'

49 Mostert Road, Melkbosstrand, Cape Town, South Africa - Mon, Feb 5, 2024 10:00 AM - Fri, Mar 29, 2024 5:00 PM

ESCAP3 Gallery is delighted to present the Group Exhibition: 'Siren’s Song', 05 February - 29 March 2024. 

Participating Artists Include: Ilené Bothma, Janel Capraro & Veronica Sleigh. 

Featuring three female Artists from the Western Cape of South Africa who all find nourishment, renewal and inspiration from their habitual time spent in our Ocean. The exhibition reflects on this 'calling' and presents a collection of works comprising several mediums such as functional objects & ceramics, painting, mobiles and sculptures, made to assist in a journey that transcends into the incorporeal.

Ilené Bothma’s painting presents us with the image of a nude female, seemingly captured, yet with her gaze remaining defiant. Potentially bound or restrained by the Artist’s signature symbology of constraint (usually a porous material), the title: 'Siren’s Song', does however also accentuate the potential or overlooked senses or abilities that remain at her disposal, in this case, her song. Feared by those who find themselves ‘out of their element’, the mythical creature alluded to here was said to lure their prey to watery deaths by the power of their beautiful voice or songs which was said to enthrall even the most strong willed man, who could not resist the fatal allure - once heard.

Further descending into these abyssal depths of ‘the unknown’ dark, and leaving the shoreline behind, we might encounter other creatures, like those created by Veronica Sleigh, who would assist us on our perilous journey home or farther into the further. Providing vessels for her 'ÁquaAir Elementals' with found objects (which she refers to as treasures) collected throughout her extensive travels and by practicing daily beachcombing as part of her daily ritual, conjuring objects akin to Folk Art who act as guides and endless inspiration.

Seamlessly travelling between the air and water currents, with wings that can also serve as fins, these objects are imbued with intention and purpose, becoming functional objects. The shadows cast by the mobiles and mixed media sculptures playfully create immerse ambiences of colour and form. The exhibition also contains several functional objects, such as Moletraps lovingly converted into candle holders, ritualistic altars as well as new ceramic candle holders created as homage to sea life by Janel Capraro. By harnessing the potential of fire, she creates ceramic sculptures that mimic the appearance of being wet or even alive ocean specimens. 

This endless convergence of water, fire, earth and air accommodates states of flux which not only sustains eco-systems, but also perhaps demonstrates an alchemical fascination. As these Artists’ are perpetually compelled to navigate the perilous journey to create and make, despite fear and self doubt, their tenacity to overcome and to listen to the 'calling' of the 'Siren’s Song' persists.

Siren's Song
Ilené Bothma
Siren's Song

2023

Oil on canvas

91,5 x 122,5 cm

ZAR 30,000.00

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Powerful Creature of the Unknown (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)
Veronica Sleigh
Powerful Creature of the Unknown (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)

2024

Found objects, soldering lead, bone, acrylic paint, glass and wood beads

57 x 67 x 10 cm

ZAR 5,500.00

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Fantastical Winged Sea Bird (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)
Veronica Sleigh
Fantastical Winged Sea Bird (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)

2024

Bones, Sea Trees, copper wire & pewter, soldering lead solder and Patina

32 x 30 x 40 cm

ZAR 4,200.00

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Tetradactyl Current Blazer (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)
Veronica Sleigh
Tetradactyl Current Blazer (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)

2024

Found objects, bone, coral, red glass beads, copper, soldering lead & pewter

30 x 6 x 42 cm

ZAR 4,200.00

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Red Winged Dragon (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)
Veronica Sleigh
Red Winged Dragon (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)

2024

Found objects, bones, sea trees and coral, acrylic paint, wood beads and copper

32 x 50 x 50 cm

ZAR 4,400.00

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Pink Coral II
Janel Capraro
Pink Coral II

2024

Oxide on White Stoneware

ZAR 2,480.00

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Orange Sea Sponge
Janel Capraro
Orange Sea Sponge

2024

Glaze on White Stoneware

ZAR 1,180.00

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Blue-green Sea Sponge with Barnacles
Janel Capraro
Blue-green Sea Sponge with Barnacles

2024

Glaze on White Stoneware

ZAR 840.00

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Illusion Snuffed out (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)
Veronica Sleigh
Illusion Snuffed out (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)

2024

Found objects, vintage mole trap, Brass ring & stuffer, copper, pewter and lead solder

21 x 40 x 10 cm

ZAR 3,800.00

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Circle the Trap
Veronica Sleigh
Circle the Trap

2024

Found objects, vintage mole trap, Coral on Sea Tree, Brass, copper, pewter and lead solder

70 x 19 x 19 cm

ZAR 3,800.00

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Perlemoen Dragon (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)
Veronica Sleigh
Perlemoen Dragon (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)

2024

Found objects, Sea Trees, coral, Perlemoen shells, Pearl beads, copper, lead & pewter solder

36 x 44 x 19 cm

ZAR 4,800.00

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Puffer Fish (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)
Veronica Sleigh
Puffer Fish (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)

2024

Found objects, Sea Trees, coral and shells, wood beads, copper, lead & pewter on wood

27 x 26 x 14 cm

ZAR 3,800.00

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Mischievous DragonFly (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)
Veronica Sleigh
Mischievous DragonFly (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)

2024

Found objects, Sea Trees, coral and shells, wood beads, copper, lead & pewter on wood

23 x 22 x 16 cm

ZAR 3,800.00

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Mechanical Creature of Time (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)
Veronica Sleigh
Mechanical Creature of Time (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)

2024

Found objects, coral, shells, Sea Trees, wood beads, clock parts, metal, copper, lead & pewter solder

18 x 23 x 12 cm

ZAR 3,800.00

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Phoenix Lantern (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)
Veronica Sleigh
Phoenix Lantern (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)

2024

Found objects, Sea Trees, coral, wood beads, brass Lamp fitting, copper, lead and pewter solder on wood

30 x 30 x 22 cm

ZAR 5,500.00

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Baroque Light
Janel Capraro
Baroque Light

2023

Cobalt oxide, underglaze on white Stoneware with electric cord & lightbulb

17 x 21 x 18,5 cm

ZAR 3,900.00

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Mechanical Dragon Light (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)
Veronica Sleigh
Mechanical Dragon Light (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)

2024

Found objects, Sea Trees, clock parts, Brass lamp fitting, copper, lead and pewter solder on Port Jackson wood

28 x 37 x 30 cm

ZAR 4,900.00

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Sea Dragon Illuminating & Carrying Tiny Creature (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)
Veronica Sleigh
Sea Dragon Illuminating & Carrying Tiny Creature (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)

2024

Found objects, Sea Trees, clock parts, Brass lamp fitting, copper, lead and pewter solder on Port Jackson wood

24 x 52 x 22 cm

ZAR 5,300.00

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Mermaid Sea Rider (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)
Veronica Sleigh
Mermaid Sea Rider (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)

2024

Found objects, coral, shells, Sea Trees, wood beads, clock parts, metal, copper, lead & pewter solder

23 x 32 x 37 cm

ZAR 4,200.00

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Thunder Bird of the Sea (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)
Veronica Sleigh
Thunder Bird of the Sea (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)

2024

Found objects, Black Mussel shells, Sea Trees, wood beads, Port Jackson Growth on vines, copper, lead and pewter solder

46 x 50 x 35 cm

ZAR 4,200.00

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Flying Fish Expanded (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)
Veronica Sleigh
Flying Fish Expanded (ÁquaAir Elementals Series)

2024

Coral, shells, perlemoen, Sea Trees, wooden bead, copper wire & pewter, soldering lead and Patina

73 x 43 x 35 cm

ZAR 4,400.00

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