One Off Popup Exhibition @ Rosslyn Riviera Mall
About the Exhibition
Anita Kavochy is an artist who primarily draws and paints. Her work seeks to re/cover the layers of emotion that constitute the self in relation to the world; the work questions the notion of home and belonging. In seeking to cover and uncover, she experiments with different mediums that suit the balance of emotion and concept of the work. Kavochy’s previous and ongoing works include a portrait series, Ni nyumbani? and Funika/Funua among others.
She studied at Buru Buru Institute of Fine Art in 2014 before joining Maasai Mbili Artist Collective in the same year. In February 2019, she is making her first solo presentation, Thresholds, at One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi.
Thresholds explores further these questions by using lines and boxes in space to ask what is covered or uncovered, inside or outside. Following her keen observation of places, people, and self, the work seeks to investigate the routes of emotion, the confining or liberating positions we find ourselves in as we navigate the world. A line is the connection between two points, it is stability yet it could also be a spiral which leads to the same beginning. Boxes signify the multiplicity of the self (George Oppen’s “Of Being Numerous”; Edouard Glissant’s, and by extension Fred Moten’s “refusal to be a single being"); the spaces within ourselves that we constantly discover or shed as we repeatedly cover up or uncover depending what the situation demands.
Thresholds is a series of works on paper and canvas, some featuring the artist as the subject and used as a way to express the journey taken to make the work.
Jepkorir Rose Kiptum
Preview of works