Kyra Papé

Kyra Papé
Kyra Simoné Papé (1993) is a young South African artist from Johannesburg. Papé is an abstract artist with a particular interest in materiality, and her practice focuses on drawing, sculpture and printmaking. She has her Master of Arts in Fine Arts by Research (2018) as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Fine arts Degree from the University of Witwatersrand (2015). As the Robert Hodgins award winner (2014), she went on to jointly achieve the Top Achievers award in the Fourth Year Fine Arts Department at the University of Witwatersrand (2015). She was a sculpture finalist for the PPC Imaginarium award (2016) as well as being nominated by Artist Press for the Queen Sonja Print Award (2017). Her sculpture was selected for the top 100 in the Absa Atelier, Give Art Light Exhibition (2018). In 2019 her work, Average (11.9|6), was purchased for the Modern Arts Projects collection. Later that year she went on a six-week residency with SAFFCA at Entabeni Farm in Knysna with artist Fatima Tayob Moosa. Throughout her studies and practice as an artist, she has participated in numerous group exhibitions and had a Solo Exhibition, Transude, in completion of her Master in Art, Fine Art degree at The Point of Order (March 2018). Artist Statement My artistic practice has for the most part been a direct response to my personal physical material experiences. The body, as a form, is a temporary entity in a constant state of change. As a result, it is in a conversational tension with itself, pushing upon its own boundaries. My primary interest is in the boundaries or non-boundaries that are being pushed, destabilised or contained via the work. My main material interest is with sugar (melted) as a result of the physical behaviour of the material in relation to a personal severe allergy. I attempt in my manipulation of the sugar to gain control over a material which leaves my body vulnerable and helpless. However, the sugars ever-changing unstable state continuously pushes back. I have expanded my exploration to include polyurethane foam, an acrylic medium and various inks. These materials explore viscerally potent manifestations where the appearance and texture of each material plays in the realm of amorphous masses and the internal body; leaving a fleshy corpulent alien image on the surface or in the sculptural form itself. My process of making is obsessive and meticulous, indicative of my bodily frustrations. Although the abstract masses tend to carry a sense of delicacy, familiarity and organic fluidity, they remain foreign and shapeless, keeping the work in a contradictory state.

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