Kyra
Pape'


 
Biography

 
Kyra Simone’ Pape’ a young South African artist, born in 1993, and raised in Johannesburg focuses her practice on 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 in the PPC Imaginarium awards (2016) as well as being nominated by Artist Press for the Queen Sonja Print Award (2017).
Recently she was selected for the Absa Atelier for the top 100, Give Art Light Exhibition (2018). Throughout her studies and
practice as an artist, she has participated in numerous group exhibitions and recently 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. My principle
material interest is with sugar (melted) as a result of the physical behaviour of the material in relation to a personal severe
allergy. As bodies are temporary entities; they are unstable and always in a state of change, yet their change retains its biochemical
structure. The structure is contained while the body goes through transformations on a habitual basis. The body as a
form is thus in a conversational tension with itself, pushing upon its own boundaries. My body of work focuses on materials and
materiality in order to engage with how encounters between the object, material and viewer / maker, are able to evoke a
sensual and metaphorical experience. Whilst having a focus on materiality and the object-material-viewer embodiment, I aim
to explore materials and their fluid existence. My primary interest is in the boundaries or non-boundaries that are being pushed,
destabilised or contained. Through my work I engage with ideas around materiality and its relationship to the physical body with
a precise focus on sculpture, drawing and printmaking. Through my process there is an engagement with peculiar and very
particular materials; specifically: expandable foam and melted sugar. These two materials both have a chemical structure that
allows for transformational moments to occur, moments that disrupt stagnant structures. Thus via an intense engagement
with the body as an object, the forms manifested in the works are intended to affect the viewer in terms of the uncanny, the
abject as well as to challenge spatial boundaries, for the works occupy your personal space while not consuming it.
 
Kyra Simoné Papé CV
2018

 
Solo Shows

 
2018- TRANSUDE, Kyra Pape’. In Completion of a Master of Arts in Fine Arts. The Point of Order. Johannesburg Braamfontein (Corner Bertha and Stiemans Street, Noswall Hall) (15th – 30th March 2018)
2016- The Introduction Series, Edition II, Kyra Pape’. Julie Miller Investment Art Institute, Mall of Africa. (13th October- 25 October 2016)

 
Group Shows

 
2018 - The Paddock III, Curated by Derek Zietsman in collaboration with Sydney’s National Art School. Blue Door Print Studio, Melville, Johannesburg. Travelling exhibition to numerous countries. (Oct 6th -29th, 2018)
Absa La Atelier 2018, Give Art Light, Top one hundred, Absa Art Gallery, Johannesburg, (13 Sep – 26 Oct, 2018)
Africa’s Art Collective Seasons: Spring, Julie Miller Investment Art Institute, Mall of Africa, Johannesburg. (Sep – Oct, 2018)
Turbine Art Fair, Gallery 2, Johannesburg (July 2018)
Africa’s Art Collective Seasons: Winter, Julie Miller Investment Art Institute, Mall of Africa, Johannesburg. (June 2018)
Autumn Exhibition, Gallery 2. Group show with Ross Passmoor, Rosemary Joynt and Gabriel Hugo. (May 2018)

 
2017- The Inktober Exhibition, Assemblage. Nedbank, 96 Jorrisen Street, 7th Floor, Braamfontein. (November 2017)
Cycling for Sisters: Art Auction: Delta Gala Evening. In aid of young school girls sanitary needs. Julie Miller Investment Art Institute, Midrand. (November 2017)
Art Auction: In support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Julie Miller Investment Art Institute, Midrand. (October 2017)
Turbine Art Fair, Julie Miller Investment Art Institute, Johannesburg (July 2017)
Winter Exhibition. Gallery 2. A group show including: Marcus Neustetter, Eric Duplan, Wessel Van Huyssteen,Kyra Pape’, Gail Behermann,Samson Mnisi, Laurel Holmes and Bronwen Findlay. (June 22 – July 23rd 2017)

 
2016 - Situation. A Group Show including artists, namely: Igshaan Adams, Lehlogonolo Mashaba, Sikhombuzo Makandula, Roberta Rich and Kyra Pape’. Curated by Bahlakoana Lesemane, Gontse Mathabathe, Tshegofatso Mabaso and Kerry- Lee Clark. The Point of Order. (3rd November- 12 November 2016)
SINE/SIGN, Tsi Dza To Madze Meli O. Wits Fine Art Print Portfolio. The Point of Order. ( 7 Sep – 21st Sep 2016)
Shift. Assemblage South Africa. Curated by Gontse Mathabathe. (31st Aug- Sep 14)
PPC Imaginarium Awards 2016, Finalist. (Feb
2016 –August 2016)
Youngblood Arts & Cultural Development Foundation. Cape Town (Feb 2016)
The design Indaba Conference and Expo, Cape Town (Feb 2016)
UJ Art Gallery, Johannesburg (March 2016)
Pretoria Arts Association, Pretoria (April 2016)
Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg (July 2016)
100% Design (Decorex), Midrand (August 2016)

 
2015- NEWWORK15 Graduate Show, 2015 Fourth Year Graduation Show, Wits Art Museum , Point of Order, Wits
School of Arts (24th Nov - 6th Dec 2015)
Pigeon Hole Principle, Printing Collaboration with various departments within Witwatersrand, at Art on
Paper. (3rd -8th Oct 2015)
Hatters gon’ Hat, A Wits School of Art Open Forum and WSOA Student Council in The Wits School Of Arts
(Sep 2015).
NEWWORK15 Auction, Fourth Year Fundraiser at The Point of Order (Sep 2015)
PUNGWE @ Livestudio, Newwork15 fundraiser at The Point of Order (2015)

 
2014 - One Night Stand, Pop Up Exhibition, Museum Of African Design (2014)
One Thousand Nine hundred and Thirty, Printing Collaboration with Artist Proof Studio (2014), at the
Bannister Hotel (2014)

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